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Product Details

  • Series: Kar-Ben Favorites
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076135655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761356554
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Gabriel's overzealous wand-waving gets him into trouble when he plays magician: he knocks things over and pokes his sister in the tummy. Mom helps him redefine the role of magician. "Good magicians do things that make people happy, not sad. They do mitzvot-that's a Jewish word for good deeds." Mulling it over in time out, Gabriel comes up with new magic words, "One-wish! Two-wish! Jew-wish!" and acts quickly to magically surprise his family with a clean house and yummy treat. While not all readers may agree that a magician's role is to do good deeds, in this context the "magic" angle makes it fun to do good. The simplified definition of "mitzvot" (technically, biblical commandments) is appropriate for young readers, especially the non-Orthodox Jews represented in the bright and blocky paintings. Jewish families and educators will welcome this title for its reinforcement of the mitzvah concept.-Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FLα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this sweetly energetic story with brightly colored pictures to match, Marshall simplifies the Jewish concept of mitzvah (“giving back” as a moral and religious obligation), making the idea more accessible to preschoolers by linking it to a child’s everyday world. When Gabriel dons his cap and swishes his magic wand, things happen. Unfortunately, what happens gets him into trouble. While trying to make milk disapear from a glass, he causes a messy spill; instead of making his sister disappear, he makes her cry. His mother intervenes, sending him away for a time-out. If he is to be a great magician, she tells him, he must “do things that make people happy.” So Gabriel cleans up the milk, picks up his toys, and sets the table. When his mother reappears, he waves his magic wand, “One-wish! Two-wish! Jew-wish!” and surprises her with all the good deeds he has done. Now he is the Mitzvah Magician! Preschool-Grade 1. --Stephanie Zvirin

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By Melissa on February 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I can't tell you how much our family loves this book, especially our 2+yo son! The story is fun and engaging and has a nice arc to it. It's a great way to showcase living a life of mitzvah in a way that little ones can understand, rather than just talking about what a mitzvah is as some books do. My son totally latched on to the concept of being a "Mitzvah Magician" and we're able to use examples from this book in daily life.
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Format: Paperback
My son and I love this book. I was given the opportunity to read it on a Family Friday Night Shabbat service at our congregation, and everyone loved it too! It is fun, informative, and the children can really get into the idea of being a Mitzvah Magician. I highly recommend it :)
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By B. Forster on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fun book to read with an interesting unusual topic. My so likes magic tricks so this was something he could relate to.
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Format: Hardcover
Okay story but the mommy in this story seems sort of mean.
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