Bright and cheerful illustrations immediately engage the reader’s attention. Bigger than life, Grover and his friends launch a teaching moment. They are working on tikkun olam (making the world a better place). This is done within the framework of doing mitzvot (good deeds). Sesame Street regulars are joined by Avigail and Brosh, Israeli Jews, and Mahboub, an Israeli Arab. Their first job is to fix up the playground, which is in bad condition because of a storm. As the characters paint the playground equipment, the mixing of colors is introduced along with an introduction to Israeli fruits such as pomegranates, tangerines, and loquats.
Moishe, the Israeli Oscar the Grouch, wants no part of doing a mitzvah. It is only when he is given the trash collected at the playground that he becomes involved. Not missing a chance to educate, Moishe immediately separates the regular trash from things that can be recycled.
The message of the book is simple, clearly presented and enjoyable. Recommended for ages 2 – 6.