Mitzi’s Mitz­vah

Glo­ria Koster; Hol­li Con­ger, illus.
  • Review
By – February 14, 2014

Mitzi the dog takes a ride to the Shalom Home and watch­es from the win­dow as the chil­dren bring New Year wish­es” along with chal­lah, apples, and lemon­ade to the elder­ly res­i­dents. Games and sto­ries to be told, fun for peo­ple young and old — but not for…DOGS” until the nurse invites Mitzi inside where, to everyone’s delight, she brings her own dog­gie New Year wish­es.” Col­or­ful tex­tured col­lage illus­tra­tions accom­pa­ny the sim­ply rhyming text and cheer­ful­ly depict a con­tem­po­rary, mul­ti-cul­tur­al cast of charac­ters. Rosh Hashanah is nev­er men­tioned or explained lim­it­ing the audi­ence to chil­dren already famil­iar with the hol­i­day and the con­cept of mitzvot. How­ev­er, the book will have wide­spread appeal in Jew­ish preschool set­tings and with fam­i­lies who have partici­pated in the type of mitz­vah project with their own dogs. It should be not­ed that the pages of this 8×8 inch board book are thin­ner and flim­si­er than the publisher’s pre­vi­ous offer­ings. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 1 – 4.

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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