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56 action-packed beautifully illustrated pages
Produced with professionally characterized narration and superb sound effects, children of all ages will be captivated by the story of Purim and its compelling drama, humor, adventure and song.
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The Shushan Chronicle
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With a foggy smile, Achashveirosh stretched and leaned back contentedly in his chair. "Ah! What good wine! Wonderful wine! A wonderful kingdom, wonderful guests -- burp! -- wonderful friends, and a wonderful wife. Beautiful queen, Vashti. What a queen!"
"Ah yes," exclaimed Maradav, a courtier, as he thumped his empty cup on the table. "If you want to see beautiful women, look at Persian women. The most beautiful in the world."
"Only if you're blind," retorted Ierkirk, an officer of Media. "Median women -- they have beauty."
"Listen to me, my dear friends," cried Achashveirosh. "Certainly all women are beautiful. But the most beautiful one of all is from Babylon -- my queen, Vashti!"
Ierkirk was drunk enough to argue with the king. "Any woman would be beautiful dressed as a queen."
"Let Vashti come in, and you shall see how beautiful she is," thundered Achashveirosh. "Here, boy," he called to Fariboblil. "Go to Vashti and have her come here at once."
"Me? Tell the queen?"
So flabbergasted was Fariboblil that he nearly tripped over a Jewish slave girl who was scrubbing the queen's courtyard floor. Fariboblil turned his face away, ashamed. Vashti was even more cruel than her grandfather Nevuchadnetzar, the wicked Babylonian king. She forced her Jewish slave girls to work without rest.
Fairboblil reached the door of Vashti's chamber and delivered his message to the lady-in-waiting. Soon everyone heard the reply.
The silken canopies trembled as Vashti shrieked.
"That miserable tyrant, the king, is not fit to clean my father's stables. I, a princess of Babylon, show my beauty before his guests. I will not come."
"Not come?" Achashveirosh repeated when he heard the reply, and turned beet red. "Have my top ministers command her to come!"
"Never!" Vashti snarled when the message came.
"Now!" the ministers insisted. "Or the king could order your death."
So Vashti relented. She smoothed her hair, adjusted her crown, glanced once more in the mirror...
And nearly fainted. A horrid, bumpy rash had spread over her body. And on her lower back -- a lump. As if... as if she were growing a tail.
"I-I-I can't come," she whispered.
A great bronze door, taller than any Esther had ever seen swung open. Curious royal servants eyed her from all sides as Nishkanaz announced, "The contestant from Shushan!"
The royal silver trumpets blasted, and everyone bowed to her, including wizened old Hagai, the Chief Minister of the contestants.
Hagai led her through the tall marble halls, corridor after royal corridor, until they came to a spacious chamber, where Hagai clapped his gnarled hands and ordered, "Refreshments for the contestant from Shushan!"
Immediately servants appeared, laden with heavy silver trays overflowing with delicacies. Golden roasted pheasant. Tangy, tantalizing turtle soup, pungent pickled peacock tongues, creamy honeyed cuckoo eggs, delectable marinated octopus stew. All from the king's own table -- but nothing that was kosher.
"How generous of you to bring me this royal feast," Esther said. "But honored master, I am not used to such a royal diet. If I find favor in your eyes, then let my meals be only raw fruits and vegetables as I am accustomed to, and may the G-d of hospitality repay you for your kindness."
"Gracious mistress, I am at your service," Hagai bowed sincerely and Esther sighed in relief.
Platters of fruits and vegetables were brought in.
"She must be a vegetarian," whispered one of the serving girls.
"Is that her secret?" another replied. "I wondered how she appeared so regal." She added in a louder voice, "She is not yet queen, and already I hear she is going to have seven ladies-in-waiting."
"Seven ladies-in-waiting?" thought Esther. "Then I can use a different servant for each day of the week, and none of them will ever notice that I act differently on Shabbos. With G-d's help, I will be able to keep all the mitzvos, and no one in the palace will know that I am a Jew."
"Just look at her," thought Hagai. "Not only is she elegant and charming, but her smile is gentle and kind. She radiates royalty. No doubt she will be the king's choice."
"I read this book to my children and it brings the story alive for them. With all the false fantasies in children's lives, it's a treasure to have a story to read that connects them to their heritage and enthralling history. The children ask us to read this book to them over and over again. It's one of the most valuable books we own. I highly recommend it for every family."