Sylvia Rouss, award-winning author of the Sammy Spider books, has written a wonderful children’s book filled with five inspiring stories. The diversity of themes allows this book to be read all at once, or story by story. The tales are about brave firefighters, courageous families making life-changing decisions, friendship, and even the loss of a beloved grandmother. Though sparsely illustrated for a children’s book, the stories themselves are well written and serve as starting points for sensitive discussions led by a child’s parent, grandparent, teacher, or friend. Jewish ethics are sprinkled throughout, expanding the content for those discussions while at the same time, encouraging solutions based on those values.
A World of Blessings is the first book in Rouss’ new venture, Apples & Honey Press. Frustrated with publishers’ hesitations to take on children’s books with sensitive topics such as major illness or death, Rouss has created her own company. Apples & Honey Press will publish these important books, filled with stories designed to reach and comfort children going through difficult situations.
A World of Blessings is written for children of all ages so pick up a copy, snuggle next to your child and see what blessings Sylvia Rouss has provided for you.
An Interview With Sylvia Rouss by Barbara Bietz
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.