Rachel Kamin is the Director of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois. A past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, Rachel is currently the co-editor of Book Reviews for Children & Teens for the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. She holds a BA in history from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Michigan.
Jonathan and the Waves
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.
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