A Little Girl Named Miriam

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Young Avraham and Dovid, Little Rivka and Miriam showed their greatness at a very early age. Highlighting the exceptional qualities of these four Jewish heroes can encourage children to be brave, seek truth and display kindness.

Clever and brave, little Miriam is a true Torah heroine. When King Pharoh wants to take all Jewish baby boys away from their families, Miriam watches her own baby brother and finds a way to keep him at home.

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Overview

Young Avraham and Dovid, Little Rivka and Miriam showed their greatness at a very early age. Highlighting the exceptional qualities of these four Jewish heroes can encourage children to be brave, seek truth and display kindness.

Clever and brave, little Miriam is a true Torah heroine. When King Pharoh wants to take all Jewish baby boys away from their families, Miriam watches her own baby brother and finds a way to keep him at home.

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This adaptation of a midrash, a rabbinic tale, elaborates the story of Exodus found in the Hebrew Bible. With Moses' sister Miriam as the protagonist, this cheerfully told version focuses on the women and girls of the narrativeĀ¾Miriam, her mother Yocheved and the Pharoah's daughter, who scoops little Moses from the river. When Pharoah decrees that all the Israelite baby boys are to die, Miriam's father Amram decides in despair that the Hebrews should not have children at all. Miriam convinces him that he is wrong, and her parents go on to have Moses. The story is entertainingly recounted, but it is clearly geared to an audience of Orthodox Jews. Egypt is called by its Hebrew name, Mitzrayim, and God is referred to as Hashem, a term used exclusively by Orthodox Jews. Although the words are defined in a glossary at the front of the book, they are not explained in the text. The Yiddish Shabbos is used for Sabbath. Did the ancient Hebrews speak Yiddish? The brilliantly colored, cartoonlike drawings would please young children, but interestingly, the ancient Israelites look more like contemporary American Jews than peoples of the Middle East. The babies Miriam and her mother care for are blonde and red-haired, and Amram and his peers might have just gotten off the IRT. An acceptable choice for Orthodox communities, but not likely to satisfy general collections. One in a series of books called "The Little Greats." 2001, Hachai Publishing, $9.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer:Miriam Rinn
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Miriam is a little girl who loves to help her mother in her work as a midwife for all the babies born to the Jews in ancient Egypt. When the wicked Pharaoh declares that all new baby boys will be destroyed, Miriam speaks up and when her own baby brother needing help she immediately comes to his rescue. Written for young readers ages 2 to 5, A Little Girl Named Miriam is a wonderful picturebook based upon a great Torah heroine. Diana Rosenfeld's lively retelling of the Biblical account is enhanced with additional background derived from the Midrash and the impressively colorful artwork of Ilene Lederer. A Little Girl Named Miriam is fun to read and very highly recommended picturebook for family, school and community library collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780922613793
  • Publisher: Hachai Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Little Greats Series
  • Sales rank: 532,033
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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