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The Perfect Present
Volume 3 in the Shlavim: Growing Up series
Written & Illustrated by Ruth Beifus
Feldheim Publishers, (2009)
ISBN: 978-1-59826-349-7

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - February 22, 2010

The Perfect Present is the third volume in the Shlavim: Growing Up series, which is a series of books designed to help children learn to take personal responsibility for their actions. In this story, Nomi is given a present from her Aunt Miriam, and her reaction is anything but positive. Nomi quickly realizes that she has hurt her aunt's feelings, and as the story progresses, Nomi figures out a way to right this wrong.

Written and illustrated by Ruth Beifus, this is an ideal book for reading and sharing with your children. It is also an excellent book for new readers to read as they practice their reading skills. The book features waterproof, laminated pages that will help ensure that the book stands up to many readings! This is one of those books that you will read to your children for pleasure, but which can also be used as a basis from which to educate your children, and to talk to them about everyday issues that they face in their life. To help you along with these discussions, the author has included a set of questions at the end of the book that you can use to jump start your conversation with your child. As well, the book begins with a note to parents explaining the purpose of the Shlavim: Growing Up series and how you can use this book to help with your child's social-emotional growth.

Most important, of course, is that The Perfect Present is a charming story for four to eight year olds that both you and your child will enjoy reading, and re-reading. As well, the full-color illustrations allow pre-readers to follow along with the story as you read it to them.


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