The author does an excellent job of conveying the essence of selected Psalms in concise, child-friendly language. The pastel and ink illustrations are colorful and full of motion, varied, yet consistent in style. There is no mention of the original Hebrew language of the Psalm, but on each page, a simple English translation is given in oversized and readable black font. The number of each Psalm is identified at the bottom. For example, Psalm 143 is translated to read, “Please God, don’t ignore me when I ask for your help. I know I can count on you! Show me the right road to take. Teach me to obey you and to do what you want. You are my God!” On the opposite page the appealing corresponding illustration serves to enhance the poetic imagery. Since the voice of an unspecified child addresses “God” in every Psalm, it almost becomes trite if the book is read in one sitting, but that was probably not its intent. The book is appropriate for children of any religion, though a Jewish translation might have chosen different names of God for different moods of the Psalms, or included Hebrew. A recommended first look at Psalms and spiritual poetry for the very young. Ages 4 – 8.
Miriam C. Berkowitz holds a B.A. in International Relations Magna cum Laude from Harvard University and an M.A. and Rabbinic Ordination from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. A widely published writer, her teshuvah on mikveh was recently accepted by the Committee of Jewish Laws and Standards, and she was appointed to serve on the Committee for a five-year term.