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A Belfer Bar Mitzvah

A Belfer Bar Mitzvah

by Judith Hierstein (Illustrator), Gloria Pushker

Toby Belfer learns about the Bar Mitzvah ceremony through her older cousin Paul.


Toby Belfer learns about the Bar Mitzvah ceremony through her older cousin Paul.

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Jewish Book World
A picture book for an older child, this describes a 9-year-old's excitement at her cousin Paul's Bar Mitzvah. It explains and describes the ceremony clearly enough so that both Jews and non-Jews will understand it. The features of the Belfer characters are less exaggerated, which is a big improvement and there are no hokey features like frightening a gentile friend by dressing like a ghostly Elijah, ect. With this book, Belfer has arrived as an author of a book recommended for purchase by Jewish families and libraries.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The text portrays children too sugary to be believable-even as religious role models and the illustrator drew so many stars in so many moist eyes-that even those moments that might have rung true with readers lost their potential believability. This is a book that might be helpful to have in a religion classroom, but I question its wider appeal.

Product Details

Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
Toby Belfer Series
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

A former elementary school teacher, Judith Hierstein now teaches high school graphic and media arts. She has illustrated several children's books for Pelican including the Toby Belfer Series and The American Revolution A to Z, Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, and The Pilgrims' Thanksgiving from A to Z. She lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

Gloria Teles Pushker holds a M.A. in education with a concentration in children's literature from the University of New Orleans, and she is a member of the national Storytelling Association and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education.

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