In this past week of Advent, we've read the stories of both Miriam and Ruth. ...and coming up this week, we have the story of Esther. I am surprised by the number of Jesse Tree outlines that do not include the stories of these women. Ruth and Esther have entire books of the Bible that bear their names, yet they tend to be neglected in the telling of the redemption story. (Though, since we celebrate the Biblical holidays, Esther gets an entire holiday, and we read the story of Miriam at Passover. Sooooo...) Here are the books we like to read about these women for our Advent Jesse Tree.
Miriam's Cup by Fran Manushkin:
It's important to note that there's no sugar coating on this story. We read about the Pharoah having all the Hebrew boy babies killed. So, if your children are small or sensitive, it might be best to wait on this version of the story.
Ruth and Naomi by Jean Marzollo:
Queen Esther The Morning Star by Mordecai Gerstein:
Again, this one is not a sugar-coated story. Pre-reading may help you filter out whatever you want to skip for the very young children.