It's a ... It's a ... It's a Mitzvahby Liz Suneby, Diane Heiman, Laurel Molk
Join Mitzvah Meerkat and friends as they introduce children through lively illustrations and playful dialogue to the everyday kindnesses that mark the beginning of a Jewish journey and a lifetime commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world).See more details below
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Join Mitzvah Meerkat and friends as they introduce children through lively illustrations and playful dialogue to the everyday kindnesses that mark the beginning of a Jewish journey and a lifetime commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world).
It's a ... It's a ... It's a Mitzvah by Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman (illustrated by Laurel Molk; Jewish Lights, 32 pp. $18.99), in few words and with apt illustrations, effortlessly teaches these powerful lessons.
One look at the cover and joy abounds! Dancing mice and a wise meerkat draw you into a world of mitzvah. Simple everyday activities demonstrate how easily a mitzvah can be accomplished all while teaching Torah and Talmud. The world of mitzvah is all about 'the doing'.
The playful characters welcome new friends, share their food with the hungry, help the elderly, visit the sick, provide tzedakah, promote peace, honor their parents and celebrate Shabbat. The wise meerkat reminds us at each event that a lesson is being learned by singing his refrain of "It's a …It’s a …It’s a mitzvah".
The illustrations are so engaging that the animals’ feelings of kindness and concern are immediately conveyed to a child and the authors’ well-chosen words speak directly to a child’s heart.
[It’s a ... It's a ... It's a Mitzvah] is a delightfully sensitive and yet powerful means to introduce the concept of mitzvah to a child or to a class. Highly recommended for children ages 2 to 8.
If your kids haven't heard of Mitzvah Meerkat and all his animal friends, then it’s time to introduce them to this delightfully illustrated picture book. The authors were inspired by a well-known Talmud teaching relating the importance of various good deeds, such as honoring parents, visiting the sick, helping the needy, bringing peace between people and more. The lively animal characters joyously perform many mitzvot that children can easily relate to, and the clever layout helps parents introduce the Jewish concepts of performing good deeds in an age-appropriate manner. The title refers to the rhythmic refrain that can be chanted for fun by kids during a story-time session, but the whimsical pen-and-ink watercolor drawings are the highlight of this engaging way to introduce children to acts of loving kindness. Thankfully not preachy or otherwise didactic, the lessons are cute and contemporary. (The sheep are knitting scarves, the monkeys play on monkey bars, etc.) This is an excellent book for the preschool classroom, but the cuteness factor of the animals’ antics will ensure that parents at home will also get lots of pleasure in learning great Jewish values and passing them on to future generations.
In the Jewish tradition, mitzvah covers a variety of activities done by people who are animated by love, kindness, caring, and sharing. Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman have come up with a playful format for this children's book for those ages 3–6 years of age.
A little band of animals respond to the question: "What is a mitzvah?" and then show us what it means through the practices of welcoming new friends, sharing food with the hungry, helping someone who is older, forgiving someone who has made a mistake, taking care of the earth, cheering on your friends, looking after the sick, giving charity, being a peacemaker, sharing the loving spirit of Shabbat, and honoring one's parents.
According to Suneby and Heiman, you cannot touch or smell or buy mitzvah but you can experience it again and again as "a warm feeling of happiness in our hearts when we do good deeds. Mitzvah is a way of life." By the time you finish reading this book, delightfully illustrated by Laurel Molk, you will want to click your heels together like the animal characters in the story and then go out to do some good!
"Delightful! An engaging read-aloud for families with young children. Highly recommended!"
Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University; author, Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; co-author, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue
"Delightfully engaging! An accessible, upbeat way for children to discover how much good they can do … and how Jewish practice is already woven into the best parts of our lives."
Durga Yael Bernhard, author/illustrator, Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together
“Offers a fun way to introduce children to the joy of performing good deeds and acts of lovingkindness.”
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of many children's books, including God’s Paintbrush; In God’s Name; and The Shema in the Mezuzah
“Imagine a Jewish Dr. Seuss, and you get this gorgeous book. What a splendid way to introduce young children to the rich moral vocabulary of Judaism! [It] makes a powerful statement: you’re never too young to be fully engaged with Jewish ideals.”
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author, For KidsPutting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Text Messages:A Torah Commentary for Teens
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- 9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
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- 4 - 6 Years
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—Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (author of many children's books, including God's Paintbrush; In God's Name; and The Shema in the Mezuzah)
—Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin (author, For KidsPutting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens)
—Dr. Ron Wolfson (Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University; author, Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; co-author, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue)
—Durga Yael Bernhard (author/illustrator, Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together)
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