When a little girl named Kayla and her mischievous dog named Kugel set the table for Shabbat, candlesticks go flying, the kiddush cup is missing, and paw prints appear on the white tablecloth, but their Shabbat celebration is still lovely when shared with their family.
Kayla and Kugel, with its vibrant illustrations and brief text, teaches preschoolers about Shabbat with joy and fun. The story includes lively action and the images effectively depict the excitement of getting ready for Shabbat. Young children will enjoy the puppy’s antics while learning the symbols of Shabbat and the importance of family to this weekly celebration.
The author includes a note to adults at the end of the book explaining the Jewish concepts of shalom bayit — peace in the home — and hiddur mitzvah — using beautiful objects to enhance a religious practice. She also offers questions to extend the learning and an online activity guide.
Highly recommended for ages 3 – 5.