Boker Tov! Good Morning!

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Publishers Weekly
The Hebrew phrase for "Good Morning" is the inspiration for a sweet-natured tribute to the joys of experiencing creation anew each day ("Good morning, light shining in./ So much to do we can't wait to begin"). Brown's cheery paintings, which chronicle a boy's morning at home and school, are distinguished by exuberant colors and have just enough naïf charm to be endearing without cloying. The text ("We thank God for the food we eat/ For the earth beneath our feet.../ For the morning sunshine bright,/ That fills our hearts with joy and light./ Boker tov!") is actually lyrics to a song on an accompanying CD, from rabbi and singer/songwriter Black's 1998 album, "Everybody's Got a Little Music." While the overly familiar words don't exactly bounce off the page, they feel far livelier when interpreted by Black's genial, folksy vocals. A suitably buoyant way to begin the day. Ages 1—4. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a very disappointing book. The idea that children should be happy when they first get up is not a new one. And if the poetry scanned evenly, and the words that were supposed to rhyme actually did rhyme, it could be a good read-aloud. It is a nice idea to have a CD included with the book, but the words in the CD do not match the book's words. A good idea gone bad. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
Kirkus Reviews
The term "Boker Tov"-"Good Morning" in Hebrew, is introduced in this jaunty jingle created and sung by Rabbi Black with an accompanying guitar on the enclosed CD. A little boy shadowed by his scruffy happy pup is encouraged to rise feeling the joy of what each new day can bring. Thanking God for food, the earth, the sunshine and the surprise of each new morning, the little boy dresses, eats and goes to school to enjoy the rest of the day. Brown's deeply colored acrylic paintings offer secular scenes of a multicultural and multiracial neighborhood full of cookie-cutter, round-faced, wide-grinned children all expressing carefree anticipation of the new day's wonderful possibilities. The universal theme of starting fresh each new day with a positive attitude overshadows the sacred theme of morning prayers, and while it certainly expresses a positive sentiment, it may not be the most useful book for religious curricula. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761339502
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Kar-Ben Favorites Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2010


    This is a GREAT book and CD. My toddlers LOVE it and play it over and over again. The music is folksy and light. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

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    Do you know what "Boker Tov" means?

    Have you ever heard the expression "mazel tov"? It means "good fortune." Can you guess what "boker tov" means? It means "good morning." Joe Black is a congregational Rabbi, singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose infectious music for children and adults is sung in Jewish communities all over the United States, Canada, and Israel. In this children's picture book, his 1998 song "Boker Tov!" about children arising to a new morning, from the CD Everybody's Got a Little Music, is playfully illustrated by Rick Brown. All babies and toddlers, whether Jewish or otherwise, deserve to wake up in a pleasant environment and therefore will be filled with enthusiasm by the buoyant cheerfulness of this poetic text that depicts morning routines which relate to preschoolers, such as getting dressed, eating breakfast, and going to school. As a bonus feature, a CD of "Boker Tov" recorded by the author himself is included. And many of us gain a new phrase that we can use when we get up. Boker tov!

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