A peppy, lively Shabbat song full of spirit and cheer, Shabbat Shalom, Hey! is known to many children who love to clap to its rhythms and shout out the “Hey” emphatically and joyfully. In this bright, colorful picture book, Ann Koffsky has illustrated the song with humor and sparkle, bringing it to life anew. Her quirky, charming animal illustrations with their expressive facial expressions leap off the pages in consonance with the song’s rhythmic syllables. Children will have fun turning the pages and singing along as the animals prepare a Shabbat table with recognizable symbols; the candles, challah, and kiddush cup are all there by the final resounding “Hey.”
Recommended for ages 3 – 6.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.