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A Candle for Grandpa: A Guide to the Jewish Funeral for Children and Parents Hardcover – July 1, 1993

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K-Gr 3-Jewish funeral practices are explained carefully and gently from the perspective of an 11-year-old boy on the first anniversary of his grandfather's death. No special knowledge is needed to understand this book-each step is thoroughly detailed. A glossary and notes to parents about handling death with children are included. Although Techner represents Orthodox Jewish practice, the book was published by the Reform movement and thus has a more universal appeal. Barbara Pomerantz's Bubby, Me, and Memories (UAHC, 1983), told from a five-year-old girl's point of view, touches on the seven days after death when the family observes the shivah, and maintains that a person can be kept alive through memories. In Moshe Spero's Tzedeh (Simcha, 1984), a little boy mourns his grandfather and is given his siddur (prayer book). That title also has a long section on how to explain death to children. Sandy Lanton's Daddy's Chair (Kar-Ben, 1992) is about healing after death. Because of its different perspective, Techner's book is a worthwhile purchase for all Jewish libraries.-Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City

Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Urj Press (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807405078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807405079
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill G. on May 26, 2014
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I teach lifecycles for 4th graders and this book is excellent. Really does a great job explaining the Jewish process of death and all of the symbolism. Highly recommended.
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