A Car That Goes Far

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Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Written in rhyme that is similar to the rhyming of Dr. Seuss but with a much higher vocabulary, this book tells the story of a boy and his sister going for a ride in their father's car. On their ride through town, they pick up and drop off various neighbors, all with strange cargo to bear, causing the boy to face adventures again similar to those faced by the children in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat but different as they are events that could truly happen each day to anyone. The story spans two years of driving neighbors all around, until the father buys a van rather than a small car, and, thus, all new adventures occur with much more filling the car each time. The adventures throughout the book lead the boy to decide to become a bus driver. This book, besides being entertaining and a fun, engaging read, teaches about the mitzvah, or good deed, of helping others. This is a valuable book for use in a class where repetition or rhythm is desired or for teaching children about helping others. Despite the Jewish-themed, often funny illustrations, the work is appropriate for any audience. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

When the father of an Orthodox Jewish family buys a car, he enthusiastically demonstrates to his children that they can use it to perform "mitzvos" (good deeds) by giving lifts to all the neighbors. The son, squashed in the back seat, is a bit dubious but ultimately absorbs his father's teaching and envisions growing up to drive a bus. The story models learning by parental example and emphasizes the fact that helping others is worthwhile but not always easy. Cheerful cartoon illustrations and bouncing (if sometimes awkward), rhyming text impart the lesson with a spoonful of sugar. The characters dress in a style typical of observant Jews, and the tight-knit neighborhood fits into the Orthodox lifestyle. Jewish vocabulary and references are included, making this book a good fit for Orthodox readers.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929628476
  • Publisher: Hachai Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years

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