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A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet
Contributor(s): Michelson, Richard, Mazellan, Ron (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1585363227     ISBN-13: 9781585363223
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Pr
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2008
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Annotation: From Abraham to Zaydee, and from ancient times to modern day, A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet encompasses the history of Jewish traditions and customs and how they are practiced today. Following the alphabet, a poem identifies the letter topic while sidebar text provides background information. C could be the challah that my bubbe used to braid, or C could be the chicken soup, when I was sick she made, or chocolate coins on Chanukah we added to our coffers. But I say C should be for Chai "To Life" and all it offers. This joyful celebration of family and heritage includes the meaning behind celebrations such as the Festival of Lights, Passover, and Sukkot; important names and stories from the Old Testament; and how modern-day families continue to celebrate their heritage.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Judaism.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Religion | Judaism
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Alphabet
Dewey: 296.03
LCCN: 2008012615
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Sleeping Bear Alphabets: Cultures
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 11.00" W x 0.50" (1.10 lbs) 36 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 127278
Reading Level: 6.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
Informative but dense sidebars and singsongy poems with questionable rhymes (e.g., blessed her with ancestor, braided with made it) comprise the text of this alphabet book about Judaism that touches on history, observances, and important figures. Realistic illustrations, many dark and somber, effectively display moments of familial warmth as well as symbolic places and figures important to Judaism. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 October)

K-Gr 3— This entry in an ever-expanding alphabet series presents a facet of Jewish tradition for each letter. Large, colorful illustrations are accompanied by short rhymes and prose sidebars with additional information. The rhymes are uneven in quality and do not always scan well. They often require knowledge of Jewish life to be understood. The sidebars provide background and context to fill in these gaps, but even so, the information is limited and broadly simplified, and the book will best be appreciated by those familiar with Judaism. As in many such alphabet books, the facts are somewhat random. The author introduces an assortment of holiday customs, biblical or other famous Jewish figures, and cultural elements like klezmer music. Despite many references to Israel, the book has an American point of view; the letter "U" represents "U.S. of A. where half the world's Jews are living today." The luminous illustrations are the book's best feature. The realistic paintings show expressive individuals often captured in quiet moments of emotion. The modern scenes depict mainstream white American Jews with whom many non-Orthodox readers can identify. This is a solid choice for identity-building and education in Jewish settings, and it could be used to introduce Judaism if interpreted by a knowledgeable facilitator and combined with other titles.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

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