- Series: Jewish Monsters
- Paperback: 34 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 150058486X
- ISBN-13: 978-1500584863
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,916,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shabbat Monsters (Jewish Monsters) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 3, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
When children are around, mischief seems to occur. For children who are Jewish, Shabbat is a day of rest and rememberance, but it is oh, so difficult for some children who want to play and make mischief. One day Shabbat mobsters came, and the monsters made merry, and had such a good time. They all had a good time until something or someone interrupted their good time. When you read this book, you will find out what interrupted the monsters of Shabbat.
The author, Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, has lived in Israel for several years, she has four children of her own, and she loves to write stories that her children will enjoy. Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this story to their children. Written in rhyme, my favorite form of children's book, it tells the story of a holy day for the Jewish religion, and how monsters invaded the day. Children will have many questions, and what a wonderful opportunity to answer questions about a religion they may not be familiar with. The illustrations are vivid and bright and depict the adventures of the Shabbat monsters.
I liked this book a great deal. This story could be shared with everyone. The perfect opportunity for all children to learn a little bit about the Jewish religion.
Recommended. prisrob 08-03-14
In a delightful rhyming narrative Jennifer relates a tale about the monsters of Shabbat who `love to play On their holy special day. Love to skip and dance around...' but the five little monsters soon hear a rumbly sound - a new blue monster who desperately wants to be a part of the Shabbat monsters but is told to go away because it is Kiddush time! The blue monster envies the fun the Shabbat monsters are having - eating, playing - but the Shabbat monsters refuse to include the blue monster - until the blue monster shares with them the true meaning of Shabbat (`more than games and jelly roles, Shabbat lives here, inside our souls.') Giving it adequate thought, the five Shabbat monsters decide to include the newcomer (he seems pretty smart and nice!) and the fun has just increased.
The story flows naturally and is graced with very cute illustrations of the adorable monsters. This should be a very successful book - another in Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod's resume! Grady Harp, August 14
The color illustrations and rhyming couplets will hold children's attention while they get a subtle message about acceptance of others, despite their differences.
Note: There are a few words in the story that may not be familiar to non-Jews. "Lecha Dodi" is a Hebrew-language song recited Friday at dusk to welcome Shabbat prior to the evening services. "Kiddush" is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify Shabbat. "Challah" is a white leavened bread, typically with a plaited shape, baked to celebrate Shabbat.
A review copy of the book was provided by the author.
At first the Shabbat monsters are busy having fun, when along comes someone who’s different. This new monster wants to join in, but the other monsters feel that he’s too different.
“But who is this who's gotten here?
A brand-new monster, full of cheer!
“It’s Kiddush time, so go away!
Get far gone...and then just stay!” -page 6
It doesn’t matter that this book is about a Jewish holiday; it could be any religion, with the message remaining the same. When we celebrate a holy day, we need to remember that it’s more than just the trappings of the religion, it’s about celebrating being human.
Shabbat Monsters teaches in an entertaining way, how we all need to get along, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because we’d all have more fun if we did, just like the monsters is the book.