Ani­mals Speak

Dovi Wein­roth and Chaim Walder; Dror Adam, illus.
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By – March 23, 2017

Did you ever sit at your child’s bed­side and make up a sto­ry to help them learn an impor­tant life-les­son? Authors Dovi Wein­roth and Chaim Walder do just that with their book Ani­mals Speak. The book is filled with 19 sto­ries designed to help chil­dren see the impor­tance of self-con­trol, not spread­ing rumors, deal­ing with anger and not becom­ing a vic­tim of teas­ing or bul­ly­ing. It opens the door for par­ents to talk with their chil­dren about what both­ers them or what they are afraid of, and offers solu­tions or path­ways for dis­cus­sion. The char­ac­ters in these sto­ries are all ani­mals with very human char­ac­ter­is­tics. They go to the library, dri­ve cars, and even fly to the moon, but their prob­lems are ones all chil­dren will iden­ti­fy with and the book. While a bit on the sug­ary-sweet side, Ani­mals Speak offers valu­able tips for par­ents to share with their lit­tle ones while sit­ting beside them dur­ing sto­ry time. If you have a child who could use the com­fort­ing sup­port these sto­ries might pro­vide, then Ani­mals Speak would be a great bed­time read for ages 3 – 6.

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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