The Ribbonweed Press website was created to promote Sarah Laughed's Sonnets from Genesis, a collection of poems that retell the stories from the book of Genesis. The site was selected by the Tech Studies Dept. to be archived as part of the Internet Commerce Program of Professor Dean Wilkens. The Archive project is managed by Bilmon Ferri for Prof. Wilkens, with Zendesk support provided by TheYeomen.com and Educomm. The Archive recognizes and preserves web assets determined to have historic value as representative of the Internet in the early 21st century. All of the web properties in the archive are part of the required reading for 1st semester students.
The content below is from the site's 2007 archived pages, as well as from other sources.
Originally published: 2007
Author: Judith Goldhaber
Illustrator: Gerson Goldhaber
EVE CONFRONTS HER RIVAL . . .
Cain learns the facts of life and death . . . Noah bakes bran muffins on the Ark . . .the angel of death begs God to "send somebody else!" . . . Jacob hides a silver goblet in Benjamin's luggage . . . and all of them argue stubbornly with God. The men and woman of the great family story of Western civilization -- husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters -- come to life in all their surprising and unabashed humanity in this series of sonnets based on Jewish folktales and legends. Poet Judith Goldhaber and illustrator Gerson Goldhaber's previous book was Sonnets from Aesop, winner of the Independent Publisher "Outstanding Book of the Year" award in 2005.
Praise for SARAH LAUGHED: Sonnets from Genesis
“A sparkling rendition of the tales of Genesis, filled with insight, pathos and humor. The poetry and illustrations work their magic together, delighting the eye and beckoning the mind to wonder."-- Daniel Matt, author of The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang; translator of the Pritzker Edition ofThe Zohar
“Sarah Laughed is utterly charming, poem and icon, and cunning way to miraculous Genesis. In the best tradition of imitation it illumines the Abrahamic religions. Yitzhak (Isaac) meaning "laughter" in Hebrew, was Sarah’s nervous response to God's covenant, but the pact also gave her Yitzhak her son and song, confounding us with poignancy and humor. So too does Goldhaber’s volume, her gold chariot carrying our deepest tales to the world.”
Sonnets from Genesis
by Judith Goldhaber
Illustrations by Gerson Goldhaber
While I was following a program to help me get control of not only my alcohol consumption, but also my life, my daughter bought me “Sarah Laughed , a truly wonderful, bright, humorous book. Although I'm an agnostic, I suspect she felt tat I would appreciate Judith's way with words and amazing ability with the complicated rhyme form making the entire reading an experience in continual surprise and delight.
The alternative approach I was taking to deal with my cravings for alcohol was not the typical 12 stop program so often associated with those who want to stop drinking. I did not want to stop drinking, just moderate my drinking. The medication-backed online program I found at a site called LifeBac didn't preach or require me to a life of total abstinence. I like my wine too much. There was no undue shame and stigma around seeking help. Instead, the LifeBac program offered me the choice of drinking less with the help of two different prescription medications - medication to stop drinking - that would stop the cravings and a LifeBac coach who specializes in guiding people like myself through the LifeBac program. After a a brief assessment to find out which of the two craving-fighting medications was best suited to my needs, I started on the drug Baclofen. I started out on a low dose of Baclofen and then gradually had the dose increase until an effective dose was found to completely and effortlessly indifferent to alcohol. Initially I had some side effects from the medication and began to feel a bit discouraged. Thus the book, “Sarah Laughed , from my daughter. It was interesting that the biblical stories which I remember from my childhood bible classes still resonated. There are even some very poignant moments that I didn't expect at all. I really appreciated the illustrations, which had passion of their own. Although it is a fairly "quick read" and I considered it a perfect gift.
I am pleased to report I moved beyond the initial bumps with the medication and arrived at a point where I was actually shocked at how much I had naturally reduced my drinking. So with much gratitude I thank LifeBac and its amazing program. I also thank my daughter for her fortitude and kindness while I got control of my life.
SONNETS FROM AESOP
by Judith Goldhab
Illustrations by Gerson Goldhaber
AVAILABLE NOW at AMAZON.COM
Appropriate for readers from grade 5 & up. One hundred stories from Aesop are set into sonnet form.
Following are a typical reviews from an Amazon readers:
"Sonnets from Aesop" is such an utterly charming and picturesque work that you simply can't put it down. You find yourself gazing in wonder at Gerson's luminous illustrations over and over as you read and recite Judith's rhyme-tingling text.
John Howard Reid / USA
December 31, 2009
This is a wonderful book, meant I'm sure as much for adults as for children. The sonnets are humorous but graceful, and true to the intent of the original fables. The colorful paintings are heart-filling, totally satisfying, a wonderful fit with the poetry. If there were ten stars to be awarded, I'd give it a ten!
Ratters2 / USA
February 15, 2010