Friday, September 13, 2013
Barefoot Books Review: BAREFOOT BOOK OF JEWISH TALES by Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand
In honor of Yom Kippur, I thought I would share with you one of the latest additions to the Barefoot Books canon. The brand new BAREFOOT BOOK OF JEWISH TALES is absolutely beautiful. Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand shares eight tales from the Jewish tradition and the book comes with a CD narrated by Debra Messing. The stories range from biblical times to 19th century Poland and make for a wonderful readaloud for children ages 6 and up.
In the "Wall Street Journal" review of this book on August 23, 2013, it states that "All the stories have an uplifting quality. "The Prince Who Thought He Was a Rooster" introduces us to an addled fellow who eventually gives up his fowl ways after a heavenly messenger named Ezra teaches him that "God gives human beings the ability to make choices" and that "no matter how we feel on the inside, we can choose to behave better than we feel." The tale of "Clever Rachel" gives us a brave, intelligent heroine whose parents understand that "what really matters in life is not how clever you are, but how kind," as they raise a daughter who will ultimate wed—and outwit—a king. Amanda Hall's inviting illustrations of rabbis, palaces, fruits and challah loaves have such soft edges and delicious colors that they might be made of marzipan."
I feel so lucky to get to sell such wonderful books as a Barefoot Books Ambassador. I decided to work for Barefoot Books because of the high quality of their books and their multicultural emphasis.
To purchase the BAREFOOT BOOK OF JEWISH TALES, go here.