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About the Author

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a parent, spiritual leader and storyteller, is the award-winning author of God's Paintbrush, In God's Name, God In Between and many other inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband, Dennis, were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation―Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. They have two children, David and Debora, and three grandchildren. Sasso, who holds a doctorate in ministry, is active in the interfaith community, and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children
  • Tell Me a Story: Reading the Bible and the Religious Imagination of Children
  • Filling in the Blanks: How Women Read the Bible
  • Women and Judaism: A Personal Journey
  • Midrash as a Tool for Spiritual Reflection

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Bethanne Andersen received her MFA from Brigham Young University, and has studied illustration in the Masters Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is the illustrator of But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land. Her work is in many museums and university private collections.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights; 1 edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580231349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580231343
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the author of several nationally acclaimed children's books, including God's Paintbrush, Adam and Eve's First Sunset and In God's Name. Publisher's Weekly selected two of her books, But God Remembered and Noah's Wife; The Story of Na'amah as Best Books of the Year. Abuelita's Secret Matzahs is the winner of the 2005 Sugarman Family Children's Book Award and the 2006 Best Books of Indiana Award. A book for adults, Midrash: Reading the Bible with Question Marks, has been issued in paperback in 2013. She is the 2004 recipient of the Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Literature. The Shemah in the Mezuzah won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children's Book. She co-edited the Winter 2014 CCAR Journal entitled, A Symposium on Sacred Teaching and Spiritual Learning. Her latest book is Creation'sFirst Light. She is currently the Director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Just published - Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sa92 on November 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Story of Naamah tells of Noah's wife's contribution to the Ark. In this beautifully illustrated book, while Noah is gathering the animals, Naamah is gathering all the seeds. It is a wonderfully intentional tale, ripe with meaning and purpose.

I am a childless twentysomething hethan. I read this children's story, and I found myself really appreciating the beauty of religious storytelling. I would imagine some people would get their panties in a knot about this tale, because it is not taken directly from any religious texts. It is simply an inclusive way to explore biblical concepts. It is designed to get kids (especially girls, who can often feel neglected in the patriarchal world of Judeo-Christian monotheism) excited about God and the wonders of the Earth. I can't think of a better harmony.

At the end of the book, the author, a rabbi, explains the impetus behind the story, as well as the meaning of the name Naamah. The author had to create a name because Noah's wife is simply "Noah's wife" and lacks a name in the religious texts. This is an incredible book, especially for people who want their children to use their imaginations and get excited about the world around them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janna L. Rose on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book several years ago, when I didn't have children yet. I was studying botany as an undergrad, and I am still studying botany in my PhD program.

I found a wonderful inspiration in this book about Noah's wife, gathering the seeds as Noah gathers the animals. People often forget that the plants around them are creatures, too. Plants shape our world and are necessary for life, just as much as animals. Naamah, as the wife of Noah, is given this important, life-sustaining task, and she succeeds in her mission.

Beautiful book. Now that I have my own child, she loves to read it(and look at the pictures), too. I highly recommend this book. It is well-written and superbly illustrated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This delightful children's tale is based on an imaginative elaboration of the biblical text contained in the ancient Midrash Genesis Rabbah, which states that Noah's wife was named Naamah "because her deeds were neimim, Hebrew for "pleasing." The book focuses on what Naamah did during and after the famous biblical flood. It helps us see how women and men are partners in all that transpires. The author is the second woman who was ordained as a rabbi, but her book, which was awarded a Publishers Weekly "Best Book," is appropriate for and will be pleasing to people of all faiths. The illustrator has a master's degree in visual art and her art works appear in museums.

While the Bible tells us that God instructed Noah to save the animals by taking two of every kind, and seven of some, aboard the ark that saved him and his family, Sasso reveals that God gave Naamah a different mission, to "take two of every kind of living plant and bring each one onto the ark." Sasso describes Naamah's difficulties and how she overcame them, and about her decision about weeds, such as dandelions. Sasso also reveals how the dove was able to bring back an olive branch to Noah and Naamah in the ark to show that the flood waters had receded: how could the dove find an olive when the flood destroyed everything?

Children will enjoy this tale and learn much from it.
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