Every Picture Tells a Story will be a series of books illustrating all five books of the Torah. The first two books have now been published. The author has chosen several basic themes for each parsha and the Biblical verse relating to each theme is printed in Hebrew, explained in modern Hebrew, then translated into formal English and more colloquial English. The facing page contains a full-color picture illustrating the verse. There is extensive back-matter included: family trees, information about the tribes, diagrams, and a glossary. Introductory notes comment on transliteration and translation choices and note the author’s philosophy that this work was created to “generate enthusiasm for the Torah in the hearts and minds of those who read it.” Each volume is accompanied by a soft-cover coloring book with the same pictures depicted in the hardcover book, but in outline form so that children can more actively participate in the learning experience.
This graphic and colorful method of absorbing the Torah’s stories can enhance learning for all children and may be especially valuable for those who have difficulty with text.
Recommended for ages 7 – 10.
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.