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Estie the Mensch Hardcover – August 23, 2011

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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.
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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: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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Very cute book about behaving!
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