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It's a... It's a... It's a Mitzvah
By Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman
Illustrations by Laurel Molk
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-58023-509-9

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - August 15, 2012

How do you teach young children about the mitzvot? By this I mean not only the meaning of the word, but also its spiritual and religious importance - and the role it plays in making someone a better person? One time-honored method is through the art of story telling. To help you on your way, Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman have written a children's book that effortlessly explains, at a young child's level of understanding, what a mitzvah is. Along the way, this book will encourage young children to think, for themselves, how they can help others and do good deeds. The book in question is It's a... It's a... It's a Mitzvah, and it is a perfect addition to the budding library of every young Jewish child.

The text in this wonderful book is accompanied by boisterous illustrations by Laurel Molk that are filled with a variety of animals from eye glass wearing rabbits, to lions, scarf adorned sheep, and even a peacenik zebra or two. Along with the story, readers will find little 'side bars' that explicitly state some common mitzvot such as "It's a mitzvah to enjoy Shabbat with family and friends" and "It's a mitzvah to take care of the Earth."

It's a... It's a... It's a Mitzvah begins with a brief note for teachers, parents, and other adults that explains the nature and purpose of this book. If my kids are any indication, you'll also find that prereaders will delight in 'reading' this book on their own by looking at the pictures and making up their own storylines. In addition, my second grader, who some might call a reluctant reader had a ball reading this book. Contemporary in nature, but traditional in message, It's a... It's a... It's a Mitzvah deserves a place in very Jewish home with young children.

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