Kids Speak 7

Chaim Walder; Devo­rah Bene­dict, illus.; Avi­va Rap­pa­port, trans.
  • Review
By – September 4, 2014

In the sev­enth book in the Kids Speak series, Chaim Walder con­tin­ues to retell sto­ries sent to him by Ortho­dox Jew­ish chil­dren from around the world. This book is a com­pi­la­tion of eleven sto­ries, includ­ing one about a boy who is afraid of police­men as a result of his father hav­ing been wrong­ful­ly arrest­ed and his sub­se­quent encounter with a warm and help­ful offi­cer. Anoth­er sto­ry depicts an ado­les­cent boy who must over­come his anger towards his broth­er who lost his camera’s mem­o­ry card which was filled with impor­tant pic­tures. He is calmed by his unmar­ried sis­ter, who tells him that if he over­comes his anger he can make a wish of G‑d. His wish is grant­ed in a very spe­cial way — the card is found by an Amer­i­can yeshi­va stu­dent who lat­er pro­pos­es to his sis­ter. Each tale has a mes­sage for the read­er steeped in rich Jew­ish sen­ti­ment. A glos­sary of the Hebrew, Yid­dish, and Ara­ma­ic words used in the sto­ries is included. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 6 – 13.

Dro­ra Arussy, Ed.D., is an edu­ca­tion­al con­sul­tant who spe­cial­izes in inte­grat­ing Jew­ish and sec­u­lar stud­ies, the arts into edu­ca­tion, and cre­ative teach­ing for excel­lence in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion. She is the moth­er to four school-age chil­dren and has taught from pre-school through adult. Dro­ra is an adjunct pro­fes­sor of Hebrew lan­guage at Drew University.

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