Queen did not have Hebrew book offer, Jordanian officials say

July 22, 2010
The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap

Queen Rania of Jordan did not receive offers to publish her new children’s book in Hebrew, official Jordanian sources said.

The sources said Thursday that those offers would have gone directly to the U.S. publisher, Hyperion, following reports the previous day that Rania had rejected offers to publish The Sandwich Swap in Hebrew.
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Ruthie’s family and other animals

July 5, 2010
A Green Fantasy

A Green Fantasy

by Liat Collins

A Green Fantasy
By Edna Chayen | Mazo Publishers | 183 pages | $16.95

Many parents know how a whole family can get caught up in a school project. In this book, described as “a preteen fantasy,” readers can join 10-year-old Ruthie as she, her 12-year-old brother Dan, newfound friend Peter and ecology student cousin Jack all become consumed with her summer project: Noah’s Ark.

I found that my way-preteen son and I – both interested in animals and the environment – also discovered a lot to think about as Ruthie’s band figures out how the ark must have been a closed ecosystem and how it could have been built – no easy feat when you consider it must have been completely watertight, with the dimensions of a football field and built without the benefit of modern tools.
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HaMasmidim

June 13, 2010

While I was in Israel earlier this year I picked up a wonderful book that had just been released called HaMasmidim. Written in Hebrew, this book is filled with stories about Gedolim and their dedication to the study of Torah. The stories are meant to be a source of inspiration and a guide to help boys in the perseverance of Torah study. The book appears to be geared towards children and young adults but I believe that the stories in it are appropriate for all ages. Beautifully bound, with clear type and side-bar pictures of the Gadol being spoken about, this book is something like I’ve never seen. It also has what I think is one of the best introductions to any book that I’ve ever seen before. The following is my attempt to translate the intro as best I could but the original Hebrew is really much better:
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Matzo Ball Boy at bedtime? Jewish families sign up

April 21, 2010

by Rebecca Wigod

Jewish families in Metro Vancouver are registering with a program called the PJ Library, which sends their young children a free book and/ or CD on Jewish themes once a month.

That’s “PJ” as in “pyjamas.” The program aims to encourage parent-child bonding over Jewish books at bedtime.

There are about 25,000 Jews in Metro Vancouver, estimates Michael Fugman, who chairs the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.

The PJ Library was founded by Harold Grinspoon, a real estate mogul in Springfield, Mass. Now 80 years old, he was inspired by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and by seeing his daughter-in-law give picture books with Jewish themes to children at a Passover seder.
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Children’s Books About Passover from the Jewish ValuesFinder

March 16, 2010
Shlemiel Crooks

Shlemiel Crooks

Titles reviewed in AJL’s Jewish ValuesFinder, selected by editor Linda Silver.

RECENT TITLES

Balsley, Tilda. LET MY PEOPLE GO! Illus. by Ilene Richard. Kar-Ben/Lerner, 2008. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8225-7241-1. Preschool, Primary

Colorful, cartoon-like pictures and a humorous rhyming text tell the story of Passover and the Ten Plagues through the use of five roles: the Narrator, Moses, Pharaoh, the Egyptians and the Chorus. Each role is printed in a different color, so the story could be acted out as Readers Theater at Seders, and could also be used in classroom or library presentations.

Cohen, Deborah Bodin. NACHSHON, WHO WAS AFRAID TO SWIM: A PASSOVER STORY. Illus. by Jago. Kar-Ben/Lerner, 2009. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8225-8764-4. Preschool, Primary

Young Nachshon is known among his fellow Hebrew slaves as brave about everything except water. When Moses confronts Pharaoh and then leads the Jews out of Egypt, Nachshon overcomes his fear of water and is the first to walk into the Red Sea. This story about courage is illustrated handsomely in rich, glowing colors and with angular shapes that evoke a desert setting.
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New Children’s Books Enliven the Holiday

March 16, 2010
A Tale of Two Seders

A Tale of Two Seders

by Penny Schwartz

Over the past 10 to 15 years, as the offering of Jewish children’s books has burgeoned, the style and variety of Passover books for children has expanded, too.

Given the huge selection of Passover Haggadot, perhaps it is no surprise.

There are traditional biblical retellings of the Exodus story, toddler board books, children’s versions of the Haggadah, fanciful picture books starring spiders and frogs, books of songs, historical fiction of celebrating Passover in different times and cultures such as the Holocaust or in the Civil War era.
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