Book reviews Children and prayer

Thank You, God! A Jewish Child’s Book of Prayers (English and Hebrew Edition) Paperback – October, 2003
by Judyth Groner (Author), Madeline Wikler (Author), Shelly O. Haas (Illustrator)
Jewish child's book of prayers
Ages 3-7. Haas’ finely worked watercolors evince a sense of serenity, as though echoing one of prayer’s purposes. The morning sun highlights the silhouettes of two awakening children; parents’ heads bend in a sheltering posture over the children with whom they are welcoming Shabbat; the havdalah candle’s broad flame reflects from the faces of youngsters transfixed by its flare. Children catching fireflies and decorating a succah are among the other tenderly painted images that frame the blessings and prayers, which are printed in Hebrew block letters, with a Roman alphabet transliteration and an English translation below. In addition, brief, explanatory notes often place the prayers within a relevant context for youngsters. This thoughtfully prepared book not only teaches the blessings that herald the holidays and that welcome and close each day and each meal, but also includes parts of the Mi Sheberach and the Kaddish, prayers to turn to as needed when a loved one is ill or has died or when praying for peace. There is surprisingly little duplication between this and Edwards’ Blessed Are You: Traditional Everyday Hebrew Prayers. Ellen Mandel

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