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Goodnight Sh'ma

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A Jewish child gets ready for bed and says the traditional "Sh'ma" prayer in this beautiful board book with rhyming text. Charming illustrations by award-winning Melanie Hall.

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A Jewish child gets ready for bed and says the traditional "Sh'ma" prayer in this beautiful board book with rhyming text. Charming illustrations by award-winning Melanie Hall.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman and Marilyn Courtot
A bedtime ritual is a wonderful thing for any child. This toddler knows exactly what will happen after he/she has a bath and climbs into bed. First there is a story, and then a prayer, in fact, it is part of the prayer that Orthodox Jews traditionally say at the end of the day. The prayer is provided in both Hebrew and English. Saying it helps the child in this story feel connected to his world. Like most toddlers, this one has a special friend, a teddy bear who lends comfort in the night. The illustrations use a soft palette with lots of swirls and a night sky that is not truly dark even with a full moon shining. While the book probably has a limited audience, for that audience it is ideal. Reviewer: Judy Silverman and Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822589457
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 655,305
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Jules is the author of many Kar-Ben books including The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle, Noah and the Ziz, The Hardest Word, Once Upon a Shabbos, Clap and Count, and the Bible series Abraham's Search for God and Sarah Laughs, of which this title is the third. Her award-winning poetry and prose has appeared in magazines including Cricket, Cicada, and Highlights for Children. She lives in Arlington, VA.

Melanie Hall grew up in Manchester-By-the-Sea, Massachusetts. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, receiving her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Ms. Hall went on to earn her M.A. at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she studied children's book illustration. She is the illustrator of over twenty-five children's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011


    This is a lovely Jewish goodnight book. It is also an extremely short read for those times that you're in a hurry, but still want to get in a bedtime book. A great night time tradition to sweetly read the Sh'ma to your little one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    a real keeper

    These First Board Books are a great tool to acquaint your child with the Jewish faith. One of my favorite authors, Jacqueline Jules, wrote Goodnight SH'MA in perfect rhyming text. It's a flowing and gentle read-aloud for little ones. A child gets ready for bed. He brings his teddy bear and book, and Mom reads to him. Then it's time to say the SH'MA prayer. The author provides the words of the prayer in both Hebrew and English. Melanie Hall's illustrations are dreamlike, soft, and if an illustration could be 'huggable', then these fit that bill. I give this book a high five for the perfect rhyming text, awesome illustrations, and the overall quality of this Kar-Ben book. This is a real keeper! BY: Gayle Jacobson-Huset Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine

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    Posted December 8, 2008

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