Books for Jewish Children

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Chicken Sunday

By Patricia Polacco
Despite the differences in religion, sex, and race, Winston and Stewart Washington are young Patricia's best friends, and she considers their grandmother, Miss Eula, a surrogate since her own ``babushka'' died. On Sundays, she often attends Baptist services with her friends, and Miss Eula fixes a sumptuous fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings, after stopping to admire the hats in Mr. Kodinski's shop. The youngsters hope to buy her one, but when they approach the merchant looking for work, he mistakenly accuses them of pelting his shop with eggs. To prove their innocence, the children hand-dye eggs in the folk-art style that Patricia's grandmother had taught her and present them to the milliner. Moved by the rememberance of his homeland, the Russian Jewish emigre encourages the children to sell the ``Pysanky'' eggs in his shop and rewards their industry with a gift of the hat, which Miss Eula proudly wears on Easter Sunday. Polacco's tale resonates with the veracity of a personal recollection and is replete with vivid visual and visceral images. Her unique illustrative style smoothly blends detailed line drawing, impressionistic painting, primitive felt-marker coloring, and collage work with actual photographs, resulting in a feast for the eyes as filling as Miss Eula's Chicken Sunday spreads. The palette is equally varied, while the application of color is judiciously relieved by sporadic pencil sketches. An authentic tale of childhood friendship.

Description from School Library Journal

Ms. Polacco blends African-American culture with Russian and Polish Jewish culture and makes a point to show some similarities. . . . {She} tells her moral tales of intergenerational social tolerance with great zest and fun, evenif she sometimes pushes a little as she strives to teach as well as entertain. . . . Ms. Polacco's illustrations--in watercolor, pencil and collage, often mixing exuberant patterns--are winning, and her lively characters are bright and expressive. The young people are fun and recognizable.

Description from The New York Times Book Review
What Can You Do With A Bagel?
What Can You Do With A Bagel?
(Board Book)

By Harriet K. Feder
Chuckle at the bagel antics of our toddler, his cat and dog.

Who's That Sleeping on My Sofabed

By Ruby Grossblatt
A story told from the Orthodox Jewish perspective. Yoni is excited about his family's new blue sofa. That very night, he realizes that he has grown too big to sleep comfortably in his own bed, so his mother allows him to sleep on the sofa bed, where he can stretch out under the gentle breeze from the ceiling fan. For the next three nights, however, different guests occupy the bed: a rabbi, a scribe, and a bridegroom. Finally, Yoni's grandmother comes to baby-sit overnight and yields the guest bed to her grandson. While stretched out on it, the child imagines his grandmother cramped in his little bed and realizes that he should give up his comfort for someone he loves. Only then do his parents decide that maybe he does need a larger bed. The illustrations are gentle, depicting Yoni's kippah and tzit-tzit. The text is peppered with Ashkenazic Hebrew references to Orthodox practice and belief.

Description from School Library Journal

It is the story of Yoni, whose family finally gets a long-awaited sofabed. Yoni is hoping that he will get to sleep on it. But the first night a messenger from Israel arrives, and so the visitor gets to sleep on the new sofabed. The next night a scribe who has come to check a Torah scroll arrives; he gets to sleep on the new bed. The next night it is a groom who has come to town for his wedding. And then it is Yoni's bubbe, who has come to take care of him while his parents go to a wedding.

Each guest spends time with Yoni and teaches him some Torah. In turn, Yoni gets to share in the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, or hospitality, by giving them the bed, by bringing them fruit and by showing them a warm welcome. By the time the book ends, Yoni has matured to the point where he is happy practicing hospitality and doesn't mind giving up his chance to sleep on the new sofabed. As a result, his parents realize that he is getting old enough to have a big bed of his own.

Description from San Francisco Jewish Journal

Messes of Dresses

By F. Pertzig
Gittel didn't mind owning just a few special things and having only two dresses to wear. What will Gittel do when her new friend brings her so many new dresses that they start to take over her house... and her life? This entertaining book underscores an important lesson: Who is rich? He who is satisfied with what he has. (Avot: 4:1) Humorous rhymes and colorful airbrush illustrations.

Description from Publisher

It is unquestionably the cute rhyming verses which give this book so much charm for 3 to 7 year olds. But there is a serious lesson to be learned by little girls who read this book. Gittel has her own house which she takes care of, and she enjoys having only two dresses to wear. Then a friend introduces her to the luxuries of many dresses until they are so plentiful they occupy all her time and energy. Finally, Gittel learns her lesson. In the meantime, the colorful airbrush illustrations by Tova Leff will cause any young lady to giggle and laugh. The lesson Gittel learns will make little girls better appreciate what they have and can't have in a simple to understand way and how possessions relate or don't relate to one's happiness in life. The idea is imaginative and the style is charming.

Description from Jewish World News

Gittel and the Bell

By Roberta Goldshlag Cooks
Kolodky's town bell must be rung only for important events, Gittel is warned when she rings the bell to show off new raids. She is therefore puzzled when scolded for ringing it to announce the birth of three goats, a "matter of life and death." Then Gittel finds the town's stolen Torah. Should she ring the bell?

Description from Publisher

The Little Old Lady Who Couldn't Fall Asleep

By Yaffa Ganz
The little old lady couldn't fall asleep, until the Rebbetzin had a splendid idea.

Description from Publisher

The Very Good Fisherman

By Yaffa Ganz
Feivel could catch all types of fish, till he tried to catch gefilte fish.

Description from Publisher

Hindy the Hen

By C. L. Grunfeld
Hindy and her nosy friend Shifra can't bear to miss anything happening on the farm. Pottering about, they learn a great deal concerning Jewish life.

Description from Publisher

Jo-Jo Goes Shopping
(Middos Series)

By Chanie Friedman
Jo-Jo's sent shopping, he's got things to buy, He brings back a lesson, in why not to lie.

Description from Publisher

The Rooster:
Grandpa's stories of the village of silly people

By Arnold Fine
The mayor who crows like a rooster and tries to wake up the ... Read, laugh, and enjoy.

Description from Publisher

Too Many Toys:
Grandpa's stories of the village of silly people

By Arnold Fine
Do you suffer from overcrowding? Donít you wish you had more space?

You just might have it. It all depends on how you look at things.

The not-so-silly mayor of a town of silly citizens helped one of his townsfolk come to this important realization.

The incomparable Spielman and Fine bring you, in word and wondrous illustrations, more wisdom-for-life from Grandpa and his imaginative stories. A charming application of a classic tale, Too Many Toys will make you realize that there is always room for more stories like this one.

Description from Publisher

Kaleidoscope :
A Collection of Stories

by Adina F. Kornbluth
A realistic portrayal of children's feelings as they struggle to meet the challenges of growing up. Children like Gershon, who's determined to be popular at all costs, Shira, who's jealous of her best friend, and Yehudah, who misses his beloved grandfather. A good read.

Description from N'shei Chabad Newsletter

A collection of stories. The characters in these stories are so deftly drawn, so real, that the reader can fully identify with their problems and predicaments. Each young hero or heroine utilizes Torah ideals and moral courage in making everyday choices.

Description from Publisher

Smile for Sammy

by Sara Stern
Sammy is the terror of the class. Things havenít been the same since he came. But Avi has his own ideas about Sammy.

The seventh-graders at Noam HaTorah donít see it that way at all. Will Avi convince them?

Sara Stern, A sensitive newcomer, paints a word-portrait of the suburban Weintraub family and the adventures of its members as only she can. Avi, his "charming" twin sisters and all the rest of the Weintraub clan will keep you entertained and in stitches.

From his surprise meeting with An Unexpected Friend, to his shocking crisis in Oh, Binny, all the way till its surprising tie-up, A Smile for Sammy will have you smiling too.

Description from Publisher

Savta Simcha and the Roundabout Journey to Jerusalem

By Yaffa Ganz
Savta Simcha is back! In this newest tale, she and Uncle Nechemya set off from their little red-roofed house in Jerusalem to bring Important Gifts to friends around the world. Their adventures take them everywhere--from Alaska to Australia and back home again as they bring a little bit of Jerusalem to everyone they meet.

Description from Publisher

Moral or Less

by Maxine Nodel

(Hachai Publishers)
A richly-colored learning book about a child who overcomes his problems in mathematics with the help of the Math Maven. This delightful tale teaches addition and subtraction. A workbook is also available.

Description from Publisher

Say It With Zest
(Middos Series)

By Mindy Shapiro
Words can lift your spirit or put a smile on your face. This basic key to the good life is charmingly conveyed.

Description from Publisher

Secrets of the Leaves

By Esther Van Handel
Some people are loud but Beryl is the loudest. But that changes when he learns a secret.

Description from Publisher

Tali's Slippers, Tova's Shoes

By Yaffa Ganz
Tali's wish came true because of something she did for someone else.

Description from Publisher

But Then I Remembered

By Chaya Leah Rothstein
The memory of their grandparents' behavior helps these friends choose the right way in tough situations.

Description from Publisher

Ima, I'm Bored

By Aviva Rubinoff
A listing of activities, travel games, birthday party ideas, etc. A must for parents, teachers, and babysitters!

Description from Publisher

As a mother of four, I found this book to be a valuable resource for keeping children busy. It is obvious that Ms. Rubinoff has a great deal of love and affection for children. She has put much effort into compiling various actvities for youth of all ages. Although the book was written with Jewish children in mind, it certainly is an invaluable aid for mothers of all faiths. I have tried many of these creative ideas with my own children and was thrilled to see how much they enjoyed them. This book is an ideal gift for any harried mother.

Description from Customer Review

Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive Hair

By Deborah Blumenthal
This volume is not so much about Aunt Claire or her hair as it is about the telling details that set each of young Annie's family members apart. Annie longs to know about her ancestors: "I want to reach into the past and bring them closer to me." With the help of her great-aunt, she does just that, sorting through photographs as well as such memorabilia as yellowed letters with faded handwriting and the lace wedding veil worn by her Swedish Great-Grandma Sophie. GrandPr (Pockets) effortlessly breathes life into these snippets of lives well lived. For instance, in a sepia-toned photograph, dashing Great-Grandpa Louis, who bet on horses, looks flirtatiously over at his wife, conveyed in a dreamy, smoky-blue image on the opposite page, who clearly returns his affection: "Great-Grandma Sadie stayed home/ and sewed tiny silver sequins onto dresses/ and baked twisted breads/ to make back the money/ that Great-Grandpa Louis lost." Blumenthal (The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum) and GrandPr create an anecdotal album within an album, making bygone times shine brightly for both the heroine and readers. The artist (best known for the cover art and interior spots for the Harry Potter novels) whimsically mingles images of past and present in radiant pastel paintings, which range from comical to affecting. A family portrait to savor, this may well spark kids' interest in their own family trees.

Description from Publishers Weekly It's the story of a young Jewish girl who spends a rainy afternoon with her grandmother collecting family memorabilia and creating a memory album, "to keep the past alive, so that it will never be forgotten."

Description by author

Too Big, Too Little... Just Right!

By Loren Hodes
A story about growing up...

Like many kids, Racheli feels that "life's not fair!" She's too big to be a baby, and too little to be a big kid. Join Racheli as she learns that the best thing in life is to be exactly what you are--yourself!

Description from Publisher

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