A World of Bless­ings: Inspi­ra­tional Sto­ries for Jew­ish Children

Sylvia Rouss; Greg Cohen, illus.
  • Review
By – November 8, 2013

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.

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