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Estie the Mensch Hardcover – August 23, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867781
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine Fun Find -- Scholastic Parent & Child, October 2011

"Through a charming, empathetic plot, the author brings the definition and connotations of the word "mensch" into sharp focus."-- Jewish Book World

"An odd, sweet tale of an exuberant kid who people keep telling to 'be a mensch'...and she proves herself to be one while also being true to her quirky self. Delightful old-fashioned but not stuffy art.."-- Marjorie Ingall (Tablet Magazine Reviewer)

"With bold-colored illustrations and unusual scenes on every page, "Estie the Mensch" provides a great vehicle for addressing shyness, friendship, and the possibility everyone has for being the good person we all have inside."-- Cracking the Cover

PublishersWeekly.com, September 16, 2011:
"Litzinger's chalky illustrations have a tender, earnest quality, and Estie's red hair and green eyes give her animal impersonations pep in an offbeat story of gentle misbehavior, budding friendship, and close-knit family dynamics."

About the Author

Jane Kohuth is also the author of the early reader Ducks Go Vroom, one of Parents Magazine's 20 Best Books of 2011, and the picture book Duck Sock Hop, a Kirkus Critic's Pick.

More About the Author

Jane Kohuth began her love affair with children's books before she could walk. At her preschool entrance interview, she introduced herself and her sister as Frances and Gloria -- Russell Hoban's iconic badger characters (she got in). She's also a big fan of Scrabble and GRE analogies, but has found that writing for kids is the most fun of all. Jane has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University as well as a master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She loves to write about sensitive kids and goofy animals, but will tackle most subjects as long as she can make the words sing. Jane's first book, Ducks Go Vroom was a Parents Magazine Best Book of 2011. She is also the author of the picture books Estie the Mensch (a PJ Library Book) and Duck Sock Hop (Kirkus Critic's Pick, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book 2013, NYPL 10 Best Read-Alouds of 2012, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2013, called "charming" by the NY Times). Her early reader Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree, published by Random House in September, 2013, was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She is represented by the Prospect Agency. She frequently brainstorms with her husband, who, conveniently, has the sense of humor of a four-year-old. You can find out more about her and her books at http://www.janekohuth.com.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JSR on August 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Estie is such a loveable character...funny and sweet with a great sense of humor. The story is engaging with a heart-warming ending. A definite must-buy for families with young children.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E.D. on August 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My copy arrived today, and I fell in love! I adore Estie's independent "mensch" streak; each animal she transforms into is imaginative and delightful. The story leads to an important climax about what it means to be a mensch, or a good person, but Kohuth's brilliant text presents the lesson in a natural way. I love this book!
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Grandmas play a prominent role in this soft story of a little girl who is always pretending to be an animal. Does it sound like a child you know? Grandma takes Estie to the zoo where they meet Grandma's friend Violet and her grandson, Petie. Estie is too shy to speak, so she gains Petie's attention and delight by acting out as different animals. However, when Petie drops his ice cream in front of the monkey cage, Estie whoops and chatters like the monkeys which makes Petie cry. Estie immediately shares her own ice cream, and learns that she can be a mensch (a decent person), not only in the eyes of her Grandma but to her own eyes as well. Nice for story time or for reading one-on-one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonia Miller on August 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
But growing up is the heart of Estie's story. This book is ideal for young troublemakers who - like Estie - need a reminder or ten on how to act. However, the best part is that Jane Kohuth seems to remember just what it was like: children have that moment when they show that they get it, that they've heard all those reminders and they demonstrate what it means to be a good person, a Mensch ... but less than an instant later, it's clear that they're still a kid and still have some growing up to do.
Estie is great for kids, because she shows you can learn and be true to yourself at the same time. She also serves as a beacon of hope for parents and teachers, that yes, the kids *do* occasionally pay attention. :)
"Estie the Mensch" is an adorable and funny read and I wholeheartedly recommend it. It's perfect for interactive read-alouds and a must-have for young classrooms!
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