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Yossi and the Monkeys: A Shavuot Story Paperback – January 1, 2017
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Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod is a proud mother of four children. A freelance writer for magazines, newspapers, and online publications, she lives in northern Israel with her family. She loves creating stories for her children and their friends
Shirley Waisman studied visual communication at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She illustrates children's books, magazines, textiles, and advertisements, experimenting with different kinds of techniques, styles, and materials. She lives in Israel.
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There were smiles as Yossi exclaimed, “How about kippahs like mine?” He held up his kippah and soon Malka “made three beautiful kippahs that shone with the colors of the rainbow.” Off to town went Yossi, anxious to sell those kippahs to fill their plates for Shavuot. He stood on the cobblestone streets with his basket of kippahs beside him. No, no one wanted those kippahs. Sad and “discouraged, Yossi sat down to rest beneath a tree,” but he wasn’t alone. A monkey was looking down on him from a branch up above.
That monkey was up to no good because when Yossi “woke up, the kippahs were gone!” When Yossi looked up into the tree, he saw the money tossing the kippahs around as he stuck out his tongue, mocking him. “Give those back!” demanded Yossi, but the monkey ignored him. With an empty basket and no money for those braided challahs and blintzes, what was he possibly going to do for Shavuot? All of a sudden, the monkey came down from the tree and began to do something very strange. Would the silly monkey save the day for Yossi and his family?
This is a very fun and unique Shavuot tale that will delight young and old readers alike. Yossi was simply a man down on his luck until he met that rascal of a monkey. I definitely loved the way the story evolved and the little twists and turns that changed Yossi’s luck. Many tales about Jewish traditions and holidays don’t have the fun and the excitement that this one does. Children will love the monkey and his friends, friends that eventually save the day in a most unusual way. Shirley Waisman’s artwork is whimsical, animated, and very appealing. In the front of the book young children will learn more information about Shavuot. A fun, lively tale that’s a perfect way to discuss Shavuot!
JENNIFER TZIVIA MACLEOD:
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Author Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod has created a fun story sharing the Jewish holiday of Shavout. Lively illustrations are hilarious and full of color. Simple sentences make this story an excellent read for any beginner. Parents and teachers can start a discussion about Jewish culture.
When I was a child, we had a few storybooks that would come out each year for Christmas – about snowmen or Santa Claus and his reindeer. It was a much loved family tradition. This book would be ideal for a Jewish family creating their own traditions around Shavuot…and perfect for parents looking for a gift for the children in the run-up to Shavuot. Alternatively, it is simply a charming little book with lovely pictures and one that is ideal for Jewish families.