Written and Illustrated by Shifra Glick Feldheim Publishers, 2009
Reviewed by Anna Dogole - June 29, 2009
Shikufitzky 5 is a children's book that contains a variety of interconnected stories, some as short as a single page, others much longer. This book was written and illustrated by Shifra Glick, and this book is unique in a number of ways. Firstly, the stories in this book do not have individual titles. Rather, the border of each page is colored, and when a new story begins, the color of the border changes! Secondly, the stories are presented in a comic strip format. As such, each page in this book contains four picture frames. Within each frame is an illustration and when appropriate a thought or speech bubble with that frame's dialog.
The stories in this book follow the adventures of the Shikufitzky family. Ever since the first book the Shikufitzky series appeared, it has been a perennial favorite with kids and parents alike. This fifth installment in the series is sure to please as well. The stories are lively and humorous and the illustrations are vivid. As well, the Shikufitzky family is so full of love, and beset by normal family problems, that your kids will instantly identify with the characters, and the story lines. Most important, these stories are infused with Yiddishkeit, and while they entertain, they also impart positive messages and positive values.
Written for children ages 4-8, this is a perfect book for new readers to read on their own, and you will find that the colorful illustrations and engaging stories will easily hold their interest. Shikufitzky 5 is also an ideal book for slightly older siblings to read to their younger family members, as the older kids will enjoy these stories just as much as the younger ones.
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