Ages 5-8. Ten stories, each related to a historical event or a tradition (blowing the shofar, sleeping in the sukkah, etc.) that springs from a Jewish holiday, are included in this spirited collection. With many quotes, simple language, and some large, double-spread pictures just right for showing to small groups, the collection is a natural for storytellers. Several of the tales are framed in a dialogue between a loving grandmother and her grandchildren, and humor is sometimes an ingredient: the people in "Wake up and Beat the Drums" could live in Chelm. But Goldin gives each tale a deeper meaning, which she reinforces with questions at the end of the tales. The questions will help listeners think about the message in the story and how it relates to their own Jewish lives. For larger religion collections. REVWRCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Barbara Goldin is the author of 15 children's books. She has received the coveted Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award for her contribution to Jewish literature for children. In addition, Barbara has received the National Jewish Book Award and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.
Barbara teaches Language Arts at Heritage Academy in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and lives nearby Northampton.