Jonathan and the Waves

Sheri Shi­ra
  • Review
By – April 2, 2012
This is a sweet sto­ry in both Eng­lish and Hebrew of a young boy com­ing to terms with his under­stand­ing of God while fac­ing his fear of the water. The sim­plis­tic but col­or­ful illus­tra­tions com­ple­ment the tone and mood of the text but the lengthy dis­cus­sion between the boy and his moth­er weighs down the sto­ry. The Israeli set­ting and the par­al­lel Hebrew text make this a unique book for both libraries look­ing to expand their col­lec­tion of Hebrew children’s lit­er­a­ture and for schools where con­ver­sa­tion­al Hebrew is taught, as well as for bilin­gual fam­i­lies. It is unclear how the book will fos­ter pos­i­tive bonds between Eng­lish-speak­ing fam­i­lies and Israel” as stat­ed in the publisher’s mis­sion state­ment, but this inau­gur­al offer­ing by Milk and Hon­ey Press shows promise. K – 3.

Rachel Kamin has been a syn­a­gogue librar­i­an and Jew­ish edu­ca­tor for over twen­ty-five years and has worked at North Sub­ur­ban Syn­a­gogue Beth El in High­land Park, IL since 2008, cur­rent­ly serv­ing as the Direc­tor of Life­long Learn­ing. A past chair of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee and past edi­tor of Book Reviews for Chil­dren & Teens for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries News & Reviews, her arti­cles and book reviews appear in numer­ous pub­li­ca­tions. She has been a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Library Association’s Sophie Brody Book Award Com­mit­tee since 2021.

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