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Some Sort of Change

Maybe I felt that between starting home school, planning art lessons for my daughter’s co-op, cleaning up after a mobile baby, and editing essays, I just didn’t have enough to do during nap-time. Maybe I breathed in the fall air a little too deeply and felt that I, like the leaves, trees and sky, needed to make some sort of change.

The Time Quartet | Little Book, Big Story

But whatever it was that inspired the change, I made it, and I’m glad I did: on Saturday, I enlisted the help of my husband and we sat on the couch, side by side, with cups of cold green tea between us, and we reworked this site completely, giving a lot of thought to what might make it easier for you to read through my existing posts and rummage through the archives when you’re looking for a specific title.

Not only that, but I’ve spent the last week photographing books for these posts so I can do away with the tiny thumbnails once and for all.  (I did this on the front porch, where the light is best and the background clean, but hovering over a stack of books with a camera is a bit awkward when the neighbors walk by.)

The most exciting change (I think) is this: if you take a minute to enter your email address—which I promise not to share—you can now subscribe to this blog via email:


Did you do it? Hooray! You shall henceforth find my newest posts waiting for you in your inbox.

There will be hiccups while I update photos and re-format posts and such, so please bear with me. If it’s any consolation, there are other changes in the queue that I think you’ll like, but I don’t want to give anything away quite yet. I am taking requests, though: is there anything that you would like to see,  anything that might make it easier for you to navigate Little Book, Big Story?

The Moses Basket | Jenny Koralek

Within the grand narrative of the Bible, there are thousands of smaller narratives—some of them so small that they are told only by a well-chosen handful of verses. These stories serve their purpose and advance the greater story, and yet I sometimes wish we could hover over these verses and let them expand, for behind them are characters compelling and bold, who are known for one action but who must have lived lives characterized by such action for them to bear fruit at the moment most needed.

The Moses Basket | Little Book, Big Story

I am content with the boundaries of Scripture, and thank God for choosing wisely as He tells His story—but I sometimes wonder. I wonder about those Hebrew midwives (Exodus 1:15-21). I wonder about Moses’s mother (Exodus 2:1-10), this woman who set her son adrift, trusting his life to the Lord rather than see him murdered by the Egyptians. And apparently, Jenny Koralek wonders about her, too, because she built the narrative of The Moses Basket around Moses’s mother and his sister Miriam, giving us a deeper look at who they might have been.

Of course, in doing so, she adds to the story, and yet she does it in a way that seems consistent with Scripture. She obviously did her homework, and when I went back and reread the passages concerning Miriam, I was pleasantly surprised to find how well Koralek’s interpretation held up. Add to that the illustrations of Pauline Baynes (best known for her work in The Chronicles of Narnia), and you have a top-notch telling of a beloved story.

The Moses Basket | Little Book, Big Story


The Moses Basket
Jenny Koralek, Pauline Baynes (2003)