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Mommy, is Today Sabbath? (African-American Edition) Paperback – December 10, 2008
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Mommy, Is Today Sabbath? captures the essence of young children's inquisitiveness. The engaging narrative, written in verse, records a skillfully crafted dialogue between mother and son in anticipation of the Sabbath. Content is scripture-based. Multicultural illustrations enhance and extend the meaning of the text. Parents and children are encouraged to interact with the story in the final pages, by generating illustrations and responding to questions. Preschoolers as well as primary-age children will enjoy the format of this picture book, used either as a read-aloud or read independently. --Carol Campbell, Ph.D
About the Author
The author is an early childhood educator, storyteller, entrepreneur, national workshop presenter and Detroit Pistons NBA Read to Achieve team member. She loves using her God-given talents to inspire parents and teachers to value literacy and to make the life principles from the Bible meaningful to young minds.
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I also like how she made preparation for the Sabbath and enjoying the Sabbath fun for the children in the story. Her educational professionalism was exposed as she incorporated counting activities in the book. As a Bible teacher, I share the book with children in my home, and will share it with parents of the children that I teach. I recommend the book to parents and Bible teachers! It's a perfect gift too!
-taking time to rest to keep the body de-stressed and healthy
-promotes fun activities to do each day of the week which is great for mom's needing ideas on how to organize the week in a kid friendly way while at the same time teaching the kids the days of the week because they associate a fun activity with each day they remember
-encourages children to do fun yet productive things for not only themselves but for others too
-models the benefit of having two parents as well as extended family and friends in one's social construct
-absent of sci-fi, fairy tales, and strange characters that concern some parents who want to deter bad dreams and unrealistic thinking
-provides real action heroes named mom, dad, etc.
The bonus round is that the artwork is culturally sensitive so that means when my children read the book they see someone they can personally identify with. At the same time, I can give this book to friends who culturally differ from me and their children can see faces they too can identify with so the message comes through that no matter what culture you are, family and simple values can and are a normal part of lives in people that look just like you. As you can see, I'm very excited about this book and thoroughly delighted that my kids love it too. Books come and go, but this one is definitely one that we plan to keep.
Mommy, Is Today Sabbath?
The author, understanding a child's mind, has designed a book that guides healthy parent-child interaction through a week with anticipated conversation and regular routine. Children like the expected, they want to know what's going to happen. Children like the concrete--it's got to make sense. Children like repetition--hearing the same predictable story over and over. Children like different voices--creatively imitating both adult and children's sounds and cadences. And children like to repeat and memorize--being proud that they can `read' (even before they actually can) what is familiar.
Knowing this, Jacqueline Galloway-Blake has captivatingly utilizes all these modalities to engage adults and children as they prepare for the best day of the week, the Sabbath.
I encourage you to read and enjoy this wonderfully illustrated little book.
From Elizabeth Darby Watson, Ph.D., M.S.W.