Showing posts from October, 2007

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day , when bloggers across the world will write posts related to a single issue: the environment. The idea is to raise awareness across the spectrum of readers about the importance of considering the environment. In that spirit, I offer you some Jewish titles with an environmental slant. Annotations are from the Jewish Valuesfinder . Enjoy! > Behold the Trees by Sue Alexander, Scholastic, 2001 Recalling the history of Eretz Yisrael from Canaanite times to the founding of the modern state, this beautifully designed book has splendid illustrations that mirror the rise, trials, and achievements of the Jewish people as reflected by Israel's trees. > This is the World That God Made by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Eerdmans, 2002 Dazzling color illustrations, full of curves and movement, are the highlight of this retelling of the Creation story. The text is patterned after "This Is the House That Jack Built" and the language is spare and simp

Catch Me a Classic!

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST      🕮    In this episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, we celebrate classic Jewish children's books ! > The All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor, about five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century, helped to create the genre of Jewish children's literature. We speak with Sydney's daughter, Jo Taylor Marshall, to get the inside scoop. Related info: > The Sydney Taylor Book Award > The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award > The All-of-a-Kind Family Companion (a reader's guide) > Author Michelle Edwards talks about her picture book, Chicken Man , which takes place on an Israeli kibbutz. Good news: Chicken Man will be back in print in January 2008, reissued by New South Books ! > We discuss The Rabbi and the 29 Witches by Marilyn Hirsh with her editor, Margery Cuyler (who is also a children's book author). Publisher Marshall Cavend