Enjoy­ing the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme

Mar­cia Goldlist
  • Review
By – June 22, 2016

Part of a series in which the author attempts to present parts of the Bible in a sim­ple, non-threat­en­ing form for young peo­ple, this book offers the sto­ry of Ruth, Nao­mi and Boaz told in the form of rhyme. While the rhyming lines are not always in rhyth­mi­cal­ly per­fect cadence, the con­cept is inter­est­ing and it pro­vides an open­ing for learn­ing about the sto­ry in an acces­si­ble man­ner. The sto­ry of Ruth, read in the syn­a­gogue on the hol­i­day of Shavuot, is a beau­ti­ful sto­ry of love, faith­ful­ness and devo­tion and is filled with ties to the land of Israel. Any device for spark­ing inter­est in this won­der­ful sto­ry and in the fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters it intro­duces can only be pos­i­tive and help­ful. Chil­dren ages 8 and up will con­nect to the fact that Ruth was a prog­en­i­tor of the renowned King David and will, per­haps, be inspired for fur­ther learning.

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Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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