Imag­ine If…

Rab­bi Zeegel; Dar­rell Morde­cai, illus.
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By – March 30, 2015

This is a rhyming book in which young­sters are encour­aged to imag­ine the absurd. Zeegel’s book is rem­i­nis­cent of Dr. Seuss but with a Jew­ish ele­ment. The first time a Jew­ish name is men­tioned, young­sters’ ears will perk up as the Jew­ish con­nec­tion is unex­pect­ed and fun. Jew­ish and nat­ur­al ele­ments are inter­twined — on one page you are told to imag­ine if snow was not cold and a sho­far was too heavy to hold. The moral of the nat­ur­al world is, Hashem made it perfect,/ We all know that’s true/​For him and for her,/For me…/And for you.” 

Illus­tra­tions are fun and bright. The imagina­tive is por­trayed in excep­tion­al col­or with fun­ny depic­tions and incor­po­rates the rhyme, for exam­ple a pic­tures shows ants drink­ing lemon­ade with ice while play­ing with dice. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 8.

Dro­ra Arussy, Ed.D., is an edu­ca­tion­al con­sul­tant who spe­cial­izes in inte­grat­ing Jew­ish and sec­u­lar stud­ies, the arts into edu­ca­tion, and cre­ative teach­ing for excel­lence in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion. She is the moth­er to four school-age chil­dren and has taught from pre-school through adult. Dro­ra is an adjunct pro­fes­sor of Hebrew lan­guage at Drew University.

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