It's A..It's A..It's A Mitzvah

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A fun-filled introduction to the joys of doing good deeds and mitzvot.

Join Mitzvah Meerkat and friends as they introduce children to the everyday kindnesses that mark the beginning of a Jewish journey and a lifetime commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world). Through lively illustrations and playful dialogue, children engage with Jewish wisdom as they share in welcoming new friends, forgiving mistakes, respecting elders, sharing food with...

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Overview

A fun-filled introduction to the joys of doing good deeds and mitzvot.

Join Mitzvah Meerkat and friends as they introduce children to the everyday kindnesses that mark the beginning of a Jewish journey and a lifetime commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world). Through lively illustrations and playful dialogue, children engage with Jewish wisdom as they share in welcoming new friends, forgiving mistakes, respecting elders, sharing food with the hungry, and much, much more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lively illustrations help convey the importance of doing a mitzvah (literally, God’s commandment, and more broadly understood as a good deed) in a feel-good volume introducing young readers to this fundamental Jewish concept. Mitzvah Meerkat accompanies bears, beavers, kangaroos, and other friendly creatures as they make the most of every opportunity to help each other and improve the world. As groups of animals resolve their problems, Mitzvah Meerkat cheers them on. When one zebra complains that another zebra is taking too long with the hula hoop, a third zebra chimes in that “there’s no need to start a fight. Give Zoe one more minute. You can have my turn.” The Meerkat then observes, “it’s a mitzvah to help make peace.” Pleasant dialogue and humorous illustrations provide clear-cut situations in which even the youngest participants can learn to do a mitzvah. Ages 3–6. (July)
From the Publisher
"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 Kids—Putting 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

jewishjournal.com
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.
Hadassah Magazine
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.

Giuliano Ferri's illustrations of soaring waves and graceful sea birds engage and delight in Eileen Spinelli’s Jonah’s Whale (Eerdman Books for Young Readers, 26 pp. $16). The retelling of Jonah’s story, however, is overly graphic in describing the whale’s digestive process. And important, the whale—seaborne singer of "a joyful song"—is accorded more prominence than the unfortunate prophet.

Jewish Book Council - Christine Maasdam
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 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.

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles - Lisa Silverman
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.
Spirituality & Practice - Fred Brussat
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!

From the Publisher

"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 Kids—Putting 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

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Each spread in this cheerful values lesson depicts an example of a "mitzvah"-a good deed-as defined by Jewish tradition. Many acts of loving-kindness are performed by a variety of adorable animals, from raccoons who care for the sick to an elephant who invites a flamingo friend to her home for the Sabbath. In a frame story, a meerkat explains the concept of mitzvah to mouse friends, and they are included in each scene along with the refrain, "It's a… it's a… it's a mitzvah!" and an explanation of the mitzvah being enacted. An author's note gives a deeper explanation and suggests asking children to define the mitzvah being depicted on each page. The examples used are age-appropriate, and the lively illustrations do a reasonably good job of showing the good deeds in action. The layout varies between placing the refrain/explanation to the right or left of the scene, confusing the reading pattern-when exactly are readers supposed to say, "it's a mitzvah"? One example is questionable: the mitzvah of "making peace" shows a grouchy zebra demanding a turn with a hula-hoop; another zebra says, "There's no need to start a fight. Give Zoe one more minute. You can have my turn." While giving up a turn may prevent a fight, the peacemaker seems to be succumbing to bullying rather than teaching the importance of patience. That said, most of the examples are solid, and this picture book is a good discussion-starter. It will be welcome in Jewish families and educational settings and may prove useful for general values-based programs.—Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580235099
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 816,925
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Suneby is coauthor of The JGuy's Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys; The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitvah … and Your Life; It's a ... It's a ... It's a Mitzvah (all Jewish Lights) and coauthor of the Children's Choice Award winner See What You Can Be: Explore Careers That Could Be for You!

Liz Suneby is also available to speak on the following topic:

Mitzvah Projects

Diane Heiman is coauthor of The JGuy's Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys; The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah … and Your Life; It's a … It's a … It's a Mitzvah (all jewish Lights) and the Children's Choice Award winner See What You Can Be: Explore Careers That Could Be for You.

Diane Heiman is also available to speak on the following topic:

Mitzvah Projects

Laurel Molk is the author and illustrator of several children's books, including Off We Go! and When You Were Just a Heartbeat.

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    Posted November 20, 2012

    A wonderful addition to any child's library.

    This lovely book with beautiful illustrations is just the thing for young children to learn how to begin to think outside of themselves and to think of the needs of others. I can't wait to give this treasure to a very special young man so that I can read it to him and hear his comments and/or answer his questions as the story unfolds.

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