Mommy Never Went to Hebrew School

Mommy Never Went to Hebrew School

by Mindy Avra Portnoy, Shelly O. Haas
     
 

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K-Gr 3-- While looking through family photographs, an eight-year-old Jewish boy discovers pictures of his mother sitting under a Christmas tree. For the first time, he wonders why his maternal grandparents have a Christmas tree and his paternal grandparents do not. His inquiries lead to a serious conversation with his mother about her conversion from Christianity to Judaism. This timeless topic is presented in a sensitive, caring, and accurate manner. Through a straightforward narrative and well-chosen vocabulary, some difficult concepts are explained in terms that children will understand. Interjections of the narrator's thoughts provide a humorous balance to the somber topic: ``Last week, when I didn't feel like waking up for Hebrew School, I told mom I shouldn't have to go because she didn't have to when she was little. I thought it was a great argument.'' Realistic illustrations complement and enhance the text, overlapping present day scenes in black and white with blue and white pictures from memory. The attractive visual dimension makes this an outstanding purchase. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA PRAGOFF, Fiona. Clothes. ISBN 0-385-26388-0 .

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ISBN-13:
9780930494964
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1989
Pages:
32
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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