Beginning the New Year in a new city isn't easy, and it definitely isn't starting out very well for Dina and her family! But when they're welcomed by warm and generous hosts in their new community it becomes a very happy New Year for all.
The Ziz, a wonderful bird who lived long ago, is so big and clumsy that he can't keep from bumping into things. When a tree he knocks over destroys the children's garden, he seeks God's help to fix things. "Bring me the hardest word," God instructs him, and the Ziz flies off to search. He brings back words like rhinocerous, rock, and Rumplestiltskin, but none is acceptable, until he makes an important discovery.
This biblical story tells of the elderly Sarah who laughs in delight when she overhears three strangers tell her husband Abraham that he will soon become a father. When a son is born to her the following year she names him Isaac, which means laughter, and the world rejoices with her.
Called on to watch over King Solomon's daughter, the Ziz takes Magda on a joyful trip around the world. But when she falls in love with a handsome young man, the Ziz's jealousy gets the giant bird into trouble.
When Carly unthinkingly makes fun of Sara's last name at mail call, her bunkmate refuses to be consoled. But their mutual love of music brings harmony to Shabbat dinner as well as to their friendship, and Carly finally gets the chance to reveal a secret of her own.
A happy family celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah by lighting candles, eating latkes, and playing dreidel in this new board book from Kar-Ben. Kids can also learn to count to eight as the candles are lit. Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules combines rhyme, counting, and Jewish traditions for a happy Hanukkah tale for preschoolers. Cheery illustrations by Michelle Shapiro compliment the simple text.
Little readers will have fun counting and rhyming with a brother and sister in Kar-Ben's new board book Going on a Hametz Hunt, as they look for breadcrumbs in a favorite kids' tradition before the start of the Passover holiday. Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules combines rhyme, counting, and a popular Jewish children's activity for Passover. Cheery illustrations by Rick Brown compliment the simple text.
As the Israelites, freed from slavery in Egypt, follow Moses through the desert, his sister Miriam comforts them through the wilderness. Miriam's grandson Bezalel draws pictures in the sand as he dreams of the future. When his great-uncle Moses climbs the mountain to receive God's laws, Bezalel learns he is the chosen artist who will craft the Holy Ark.
"Who made the clouds?" Abraham asks. "Who made the flowers?" Even as a child, he knows there must be something greater than idols of clay and stone. As he observes and questions the world around him, Abraham comes to the conclusion that there is one God. A creative midrash about the father of the world's religions.
The Ziz is back! The loveable but clumsy Ziz, giant king of the birds, tries to help Noah round up the animals for the ark. Ziz fans will also enjoy The Hardest Word and The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle.
Akiva is just a poor shepherd living an ordinary life, until he falls in love with Rachel. Rachel thinks her husband could become a great man of learning, but Akiva can't even read! Is he too old to be a scholar or can he follow the example of the water in the nearby brook? Water is soft, yet drop by drop, it can soften the hardest stone.