One look at the cover and joy abounds! Dancing mice and a wise meerkat draw you into a world of mitzvah. Simple everyday activities demonstrate how easily a mitzvah can be accomplished all while teaching Torah and Talmud. The world of mitzvah is all about ‘the doing’.
The playful characters welcome new friends, share their food with the hungry, help the elderly, visit the sick, provide tzedakah, promote peace, honor their parents and celebrate Shabbat. The wise meerkat reminds us at each event that a lesson is being learned by singing his refrain of “It’s a …It’s a …It’s a mitzvah”.
The illustrations are so engaging that the animals’ feelings of kindness and concern are immediately conveyed to a child and the authors’ well-chosen words speak directly to a child’s heart.
It’s a Mitzvah is a delightfully sensitive and yet powerful means to introduce the concept of mitzvah to a child or to a class. Highly recommended for children ages 2 to 8.Interview with Diane Heiman