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- Adam & Eve's First Sunset, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
What will Adam and Eve do when the sun begins to set for the first time? Is it their fault? Does it mean that G-d is angry? For ages 4 and up.
- The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey, by Steve Sheinkin.
After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring, Colorado, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. There, he settles disputes, tricks criminals into confessing, and offers unsolicited bits of Talmudic insight and Hasidic wisdom.
- Aliza in MitzvahLand, by Bracha Goetz.
This adorable story book will excite your children about doing mitzvos!
- Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit.
This is an unforgettable story about a young girl's journey through war torn Poland with the Swallow Man, an enigmatic stranger who takes her under his wings after her father is sent to a concentration camp. Although written for young readers aged 12 and up, this is a book that will resonate equally well with adult readers.
- At Home with... The Goodman Family, by Leah Shenker.
Meet the Goodman Family, a family just like yours, and their bustling household. Perfect for young, developing minds, this book focuses on the building blocks of every home and their important functions.
- Benny the Big Shot, by Tehilla Deutsch.
There's a new kid in town and he's already at the top of the class in Yeshiva--which generates no small amount of jealousy in young Tzvi's heart. This beautifully illustrated, warmly written book captures genuine emotions of self-worth and envy as one boy struggles to overcome his approach to a bright classmate.
- The Big Barrel of Wine, by Rabbi Zalman Goldstein.
The king is coming to visit Grapetown. The wine-makers excitedly build a gigantic barrel to be filled with wine in his honor. But something goes wrong...
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne.
This is a haunting fable about two young boys, one German and the other Jewish, who inexplicitly meet at a fence surrounding a concentration camp - with dire consequences.
- Capturing the Moon: Classic and Modern Jewish Tales, by Rabbi Edward Feinstein.
Rabbi Feinstien's new book, Capturing the Moon, contains a collection of thirty-six Jewish folktales. Following the review of this book, you will find a sampling from the book in the form of the folktale, The Sukkah of Rabbi Pinchas.
- The Chameleon that Saved Noah's Ark, by Yael Molchadsky.
"Oh, No! What do chameleons eat?" Noah and his family not only have their hands full feeding and caring for all the animals on the ark, but they also have to try to figure out what to feed the chameleons - before it is too late! Discover how this problem is solved in this lively book for children 5-8.
- The Children's Learning Series, by Menucha Fuchs.
An overview of the 20 volumes in the Children's Learning Series of books for new readers ages five - nine.
- Bedtime Stories of Jewish Values (Chapter 3), by Shmuel Blitz. (Book Excerpt)
- Bedtime Stories Of Torah Values (Chapter 16), by Shmuel Blitz. (Book Excerpt)
- The Choice, by Kathy Clark.
Thirteen-year-old Hendrik has a secret - his real name is Jakob and he's Jewish. One day after the Nazi invasion of Hungary, Jakob reveals his secret to the wrong person - with terrifying consequences for both himself, and his entire family. The Choice is a gripping book about the Holocaust that was written for middle grade readers.
- The Davka Classic Game Pack II
Four games on one CD - Hebrew Game Time, Jerusalem Stones, Search for Your Israeli Cousin II, and the Hanukkah Activity Center. (Software)
- Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein, by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer.
A delightful children's picture book in which a young girl learns that you cannot always have you want...
- Dog Trouble!, by Galia Oz.
We are pleased to announce that Simone Bonim's review of Dog Trouble! has been published on the Large Print Reviews website. The book, written by the Israeli author Galia Oz, follows the adventures of Julia and her dog, Shakshuka. The book is geared toward young readers ages 8-12.
- Dov Dov and the Man Who Forgot, and Other Stories, by Yona Weinberg.
Nine, Yiddishkeit infused, short stories for young children that feature Dov Dov and his friends. This is the second book in the Dov Dov series.
- Effy Does the Job, by Bruriah Kuge.
Effy wants to help his mother by cleaning their street. The job is too big for one little guy, but no one agrees to help and Effy does the job with a smile anyway.
- Effy's Twin Brothers, by Bruriah Kuge.
Effy has new twin brothers, but they look different than the rest of the yellow chicks in the family. After a failed attempt to change colors, the twins discover that the way Hashem made things is always the best!
- Ehud's Courage & The Cunning Blade
A challenging role-playing game set in the time of the Shoftim, when Israel was under Moabite rule. Your task is to assist Ehud in his quest to help the Israelites gain their freedom. (Software)
- Elvina's Mirror, by Sylvie Weil.
A mysterious Jewish family flees from Crusaders in Germany, and seeks refuges in Troyes, France. While most of the villagers shun the family, Elvina, the fourteen-year-old granddaughter of Rashi, befriends the family and helps them to heal their physical and mental wounds, in this intriguing novel set in 1097. For ages 10 and up.
- Faith & Courage, by Marcus Lehmann.
A collection of three inspiring, historical novels by Rabbi Meir (Marcus) Lehmann, the Rav of Mainz, Germany. This collection includes, Faith & Courage, Del Monte, and The Pocketknife.
- The Family Chanukah Book, illustrated by Dovid Goldschmidt, Gadi Pollack, and Yoni Gerstein.
Stories, games, brainteasers, and a whole slew of fun activities for Chanukah that will delight the entire family.
- Fishel the Fisherman, by Menucah Fuchs.
In this children's book, three fishermen who go to sea on a stormy day and learn a lesson about considering the consequences of their actions.
- Friday Night with the Pope, by Jacques J. M. Shore.
A children's book about an eleven-year-old Jewish boy, and his mother, who are invited to have a Shabbat dinner with the Pope.
- Good Night, Laila Tov, by Laurel Snyder.
A family trip turns into an adventure of discovery for a curious and carefree sister and brother in this charming children's picture book.
- In G-d's Hands, by Lawrence Kushner and Gary Schmidt.
A delightful, timeless legend based on Jewish tradition, In G-d's Hands tells of the ordinary miracles that occur when we really, truly open our eyes to the world around us. For ages 5 and up.
- In G-d's Name, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
Everyone and everything in the world has a name. What is G-d s name? This modern fable about the search for G-d's name celebrates the diversity and, at the same time, the unity of all the people of the world. For ages 4 and up.
- Itamar Makes Friends: A Children's Story of Jewish Brotherhood, by Josh Hasten.
Eight year old Itamar lives on a yishuv in Israel. He loves to milk goats, shear sheep, and most of all, to play soccer. When he goes to visit his cousins in the big city, he meets boys who are totally different from him - or are they?
- The Jester, by Rabbi Edward Feinstein.
The book, Capturing the Moon, contains a collection of thirty-six Jewish folktales. The Jester is one of the many tales found in this book, and it is a perfect 'Purim' story for the entire family. (A Short Story)
- Jonathan and the Waves, by Shira Sheri.
Jonathan wants to go swimming in the ocean, but he is afraid of the waves. His older sister tells him to ask G-d for help, but where does one find G-d? By the end of this bilingual, Hebrew - English book for ages 2-8, Jonathan knows the answer!
- Kaytek the Wizard, by Janusz Korczak.
It's all great fun using magic to cause strange incidents in his school and neighborhood, but soon Kaytek's increasing powers cause major chaos around the city of Warsaw...
- Kids Speak 6: Through Fire and Water, by Chaim Walder.
In Kids Speak 6, you'll meet another cast of courageous characters and enjoy a collection of thrilling, uplifting, and inspiring stories.
- The King's Special Loaves, by Yaakov Meir Strauss.
Follow Naftali and Tzaddok, his new friend and a Kohen who just arrived in Yerushalayim from Egypt, as they become involved in a spat of espionage that involves two Roman spies, and surprisingly, three bakers. Along the way, experience the excitement of the Festival of Shavuos as you learn about the Beis HaMikdash.
- The Klezmer Bunch, by Amalia Hoffman.
An unforgettable children's story, filled with lively illustrations, about a group of traveling Klezmer players and the eclectic journey they take to far off Tarnopolska, where they have been requested to play at a wedding.
- Lon-Lon's Big Night, by Miri Leshem-Pelly.
On his first night out of the burrow, the sand fox Lon-Lon chases after a jerboa. Before he knows it, he's lost. How will Lon-Lon find his way home through the Negev desert, and who will he meet along the way? A bilingual, Hebrew - English book for ages 2-8.
- Meet the Latkes, by Alan Silberberg.
This children's picture book features a boisterous and somewhat irreverent retelling of the story of Hanukkah, as recounted by a potato pancake, with asides from a dog named Applesauce.
- The Miracles of Chanukah: Then & Now, by Genendel Krohn.
Featuring Chanukah stories, both ancient and contemporary, these sensitively and beautifully written stories are sure to please children of all ages.
- The Miracle of the Golden Dove and Other Stories, by Genendel Krohn.
Share the greatness and glory of our Sages with your child in this magnificent book, filled with spectacular illustrations and heart-warming stories. Each is a gem, imparting a lasting lesson; every page brings to life our heritage and tradition, in full color and in magical prose.
- More Than Enough: A Passover Story, by April Halprin Wayland.
A lively children's picture book that follows two young children as they help their parents prepare for the Passover Seder, and along the way they get to rescue a kitten and learn about the holiday.
- Mrs. Honig's Cakes, Volume 4: Summer Stories, by Pessie Frankel & Yockeved Leah Perkal.
Sit back in your beach chair and feel the sun on your face. Take another lick of ice cream as you turn another page in Mrs. Honig's Cakes Summer Stories. Fill the long, hot days with happy reading hours as Mrs. Honig's lively and true-to-life characters take you along on their summer adventures.
- The Mysterious Shoebox and Other Leah Lamdan Holiday Mysteries, by Chaya Hubner.
This volume contains a collection of twelve new Leah Lamdan Holiday Mysteries, including The Shtadlan, The Glass Menorah, The Hidden Megillah, Conference at Shulchan Hall, and The Tandem Tefillin. These stories are not only uplifting and entertaining, but also fun to solve.
- A Mystery From Afar and Other Leah Lamdan Holiday Mysteries, by Chaya Hubner.
This is a collection of twelve uplifting and engaging mysteries that will delight the entire family. All the stories in this collection have a holiday theme, and all serve to reinforce positive Jewish values while at the same time entertaining the reader.
- A Never-Ending Tale, by Gadi Pollack.
Illustrated Parables of the Ba'al Shem Tov and His Disciples - a delightfully illustrated, and inspiring book for children and the young-at-heart!
- A New Boy, by Eve Tal.
When a new boy joins Rina's kindergarten class, she asks her students to make the new boy welcome. However, the new boy doesn't speak Hebrew, so how are the kids suppose to make friends? A bilingual, Hebrew - English book for ages 2-8.
- Noah's Wife: The Story of Naamah, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
When G-d tells Noah to bring the animals of the world onto the ark, G-d also calls on Naamah, Noah's wife, to save each plant on Earth. For ages 9 and up.
- The Only One Club, by Jane Naliboff.
A picture story book about Jennifer, a first grader who discovers that she is the only Jewish student in her class and as a consequence, founds the Only One Club.
- The Perfect Present, by Ruth Beifus.
For ages 4-8, this charming story about a little girl who gets a present that she doesn't think is quite right for her, helps children learn about taking responsibility for their own actions.
- A Picture of Grandmother, by Esther Hautzig.
When Uncle Benjamin sends a letter to Sara's mother, inviting her mother and grandmother to come to visit the 1939 World's Fair, Sara embarks upon a quest to find the mysterious photo of her grandmother that was mentioned in the letter. Unbeknownst to Sara, her search for the photo will lead to her discovery of a long held family secret!
- The Private Eyes and the Mysterious Submarine, by Neta Tzvieli.
Four young, religious boys, embark on a far bigger adventure than they ever imagined when they set to sea in an old rowboat, only to stumble upon a terrorist plot that involves an enemy submarine - and it falls upon these four young boys to stop the terrorists before they can carry out their nefarious plot to bomb Tel Aviv.
- Purim Goodies, by Amalia Hoffman.
This is a wonderfully illustrated children's book about two young girls' Purim misadventure. The book is based on a story by Sholom Aleichem.
- Rabbi Harvey Rides Again, by Steve Sheinkin.
In this graphic novel, Rabbi Harvey returns to the streets of Elk Spring, Colorado. Harvey protects his town and delivers justice, wielding only the weapons of wisdom, wit, and a bit of trickery. These adventures combine Jewish and American folklore by creatively retelling comic Jewish folktales and setting them loose on the western frontier of the 1870s.
- Rabbi Harvey vs. the Wisdom Kid, by Steve Sheinkin.
In his colorful career on the Rocky Mountain frontier, Rabbi Harvey has matched wits with a variety of villains--most notably the sweet-faced "Bad Bubbe" Bloom, and the self-proclaimed genius "Big Milt" Wasserman. In this exciting new volume, these two formidable foes team up to try to rid the West of Rabbi Harvey once and for all.
- Rebbe Mendel ... in a Class by Himself, by Nathan Sternfeld.
This exciting book, full of adventure, humor, and plenty of golden lessons, is a must-read for kids. This is the fifth book in the Rebbe Mendel series, and it contains seventeen new stories.
- Shabbos With Bina, Benny, and Chaggai Hayonah (Chapter 1), by Yaffa Ganz. (Book Excerpt)
- Shanghai Escape, by Kathy Kacer.
A fictional account of Lily Toufar's real-life adventures as a young Jewish refugee in Shanghai, a city to which her family had fled to in 1938 in an attempt to escape from the dangers posed by the Nazis.
- The Shema in the Mezuzah, by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
This lively tale, based on a twelfth-century rabbinic debate, introduces children ages 3 to 6 to the words of the Shema.
- Shikufitzky 5, by Shifra Glick.
Follow the continuing adventures of the Shikufitzky Family, in the fifth volume of this lively, comic-strip styled children's book.
- Shikufjtzky Street, Volume 1, by Shifra Glick.
You loved the Shikufitzky bunch, now you'll love the rest of the street! This endearing comic-style book features a host of humorous characters and jokes that will have your children begging for more.
- Stories About Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, by Menucha Fuchs.
In this, the 12th book in The Children's Learning Series, readers follow the Cohen children as they prepare for, and celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Written for young readers in kindergarten through grade three.
- Stories My Grandfather Told Me: Volume 1 - Bereishis (Chapter 4), by Zev Greenwald. (Book Excerpt)
Memorable Tales based on the Weekly Sidrah.
- Stories My Grandfather Told Me: Volume 2 - Shemos (Chapter 12), by Zev Greenwald. (Book Excerpt)
Memorable Tales based on the Weekly Sidrah.
- Stories My Grandfather Told Me: Volume 3 - Vayikra (Chapter 1), by Zev Greenwald. (Book Excerpt)
Memorable Tales based on the Weekly Sidrah.
- Stories My Grandfather Told Me: Volume 4 - Bamidbar (Chapter 1), by Zev Greenwald. (Book Excerpt)
Memorable Tales based on the Weekly Sidrah.
- Stories My Grandfather Told Me: Volume 5 - Devarim (Chapter 1), by Zev Greenwald. (Book Excerpt)
Memorable Tales based on the Weekly Sidrah.
- Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest, by Amos Oz.
In a gray and gloomy village, all of the animals — from dogs and cats to fish and snails — disappeared years before. No one talks about it and no one knows why, though everyone agrees that the village has been cursed. But when two children see a fish...
- Through the Flames of Aleppo (Chapter 1), by A. Shalom. (Book Excerpt)
- Torah Tigers, by Dr. Miriam Adahan.
This is two books in one. To youngsters, it is a lively children's book with a rhyming text and whimsical illustrations. For adults and educators, this is a parenting-text that will teach you how to use positive reinforcement to teach your children how to improve their middos (character traits).
- The Tree in the Courtyard, by Jeff Gottesfeld.
This unique children's story book tells the story of Anne Frank and her diary from the unique perspective of the horse chestnut tree that grew outside the window of the secret annex where she hid from the Nazis for more than two years...
- The War Within, by Carol Matas.
A fictional account of Jewish life during the American Civil War that centers around General Grant's expulsion of Jews from the Department of the Tennessee (a military administrative district).
- What Avigayil Found (Chapter 1), by Miriam Elias. (Book Excerpt)
- Wishes for One More Day, by Melanie Joy Pastor.
When Poppy dies, Anna and Joey must come to terms with their Grandfather's death, which they do by creating a book of wishes. A picture story book that will help children, and adults, deal with the death of a loved one. It also touches lightly upon several Jewish memorial practices, such as sitting Shiva and lighting memorial candles.
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