This is a wonderful collection of Chassidic tales retold by Libi Astaire. In her incredibly capable hands, the stories and characters come to life. The author makes the reader feel the drama of each story and builds suspense into each telling. The reader will share in the wisdom of some of the great sages of the past told through story rather than simply as dry lesson. Stories featuring Rav Zusha, The Chafetz Chaim, The Baal Shem Tov and other great rabbis are represented within the pages of this book which is divided into four section with the following themes: “Pay Attention to the Soul,” “More Precious than Pearls,” “And All Your People Israel,” and “Connecting to the Eternal.”
There is a glossary of terms and a section of biographical information on the Rebbes in the back of the book that is very helpful in learning about the rabbis and the world in which they lived. The back matter and the strength of the writing allow for this book to be shared with a very broad audience both in terms of age and religious observance. The stories are perfect for sharing around sabbath tables or sharing between children and parents curled up together on a couch.
Recommended primarily for family use although could also be used in a classroom setting. Ages 8 – 12.