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Zayde Comes to Live Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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Parents' Choice Recommended Award, 2012
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There are many books that help a young child cope with death, but this is a particularly moving one…Although this reverberates with the beliefs of a particular religion, the emotions and message transcend. --Booklist Starred Review, Nov 15, 2012
...Sinykin hits just the right balance of communication and reassurance with her storytelling, as does Swarner with her endearing and soothing illustrations. Children will relate to Rachel s concerns and appreciate the comforting and positive messages relayed in a story that takes on a difficult and important subject. --Publisher's Weekly, starred review, Oct 15, 2012
...Sinykin does a commendable job of dispelling fear with empathy and tenderness through some very direct yet positive answers to a child s uncertainty...Though Rachel's quest takes place within a Jewish context, her emotions and situation are near universal, and this artful book handles both well. --Kirkus Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012
School Library Journal (ZAYDE COMES TO LIVE): The beautifully sensitive storytelling comforts readers by showing the inevitability of the circle of life in the context of strong family love. Although the book is aimed at Jewish audiences, the emotions ring true universally.
Pitch-perfect text and illustrations combine to create a story that will touch readers’ hearts.-Heidi Estrin, Congregation B’nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Even Zayde helps Rachel accept the inevitable. But he tells her the most important part, that his love will stay. Zayde Comes to Live is a sweet and important book about grief and loss, love and memories. Sinykin's poetic language emphasizes the rhythm of breathing and the circle of life.
Illustrator Kristina Swarner's soft linoleum prints complement the subject, giving the whole book a dream-like quality. Subtle symbolism hints of reality, though. Falling leaves are visible through the window, and a red umbrella waits in the stand by the door.
Other picture books address the subject of death, but Zayde Comes To Live offers a richness not often found. This story honors faith traditions and allows room for discussions of others' beliefs about the afterlife. Sinykin's book joins other sensitively written books that help youngsters understand death. Parents of young children, libraries and church libraries will want to add this book to the bookshelf.
Death is a very sensitive topic and one that most people would rather not address. For children especially, it can be a frightening subject. Zayde Comes to Live is a gentle explanation of the complicated experience of death. It is told from a child's perspective, and it is very warm and comforting.
I loved the part where the rabbi comes to visit the family and tells Rachel that Zayde is living until the moment he dies. It calms her fears and helps her make the most of his last days.
While this story was distinctly for those of the Jewish faith, it was respectful to all religions and can apply to a broad scope of people. This is definitely a book that I will be reading to my children when it comes out.
While this book is focused on the experience of a Jewish child, other religions'perspectives on death and what happens to us after we die, are briefly addressed within the context of the main character's quest for understanding. This may provide an opportunity for further discussion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Zayde Comes to Live is a lovely children's book with great illustrations and story line. Even if you do not have a Jewish background, the book is good for any child.Published on October 7, 2013 by bettej
A very poignant story and the illustrations depicted it beautifully.The fact that I am the mother of Kristina isn't important!Published on April 17, 2013 by Cynthia Swarner