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Children's LiteratureThis well-structured book, laden with valuable information, should be made available to everyone to bring about a better understanding of the Jewish religion. Its publication in this day and age is sure to make an impact on reading audiences. A shalom and welcome greets readers on the introductory page and sets readers up for the rest of the book. It is also explains that words throughout the text denoted by an * have a pronunciation key on the bottom of the page. The key is a plus for readers who receive the definition of the words from the text. Written in an informative, yet easy, gentle reading manner, the book reaches out to teach about the synagogue as a physical structure and the religious practices of the people who worship there. Wonderfully colorful photographs of synagogues and Jewish people abound. In addition to main photos, several extras, generally in correlation to sidebars, are placed on the text page. JewishLights Publishing and SonLights Publishing have worked together to present material in which people learn about acceptance and working together with others. Other topics covered include Bar and Bat Mitzvah, High Holy Days, and enjoying Shabbat. 2004, SkyLight Paths Publishing, Ages 6 up.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury