Shavu­os Guess Who?

Arielle Stern; Pat­ti Argoff, illus.
  • Review
By – May 26, 2017

Young chil­dren learn about the hol­i­day of Shavu­os through rhyming cou­plets and col­or­ful pic­tures with a fun lift-the-flap fea­ture in this lat­est book in Hachai’s hol­i­day series. The books fea­tures con­cepts per­tain­ing to the hol­i­day such as receiv­ing the Torah at Sinai, the cus­tom of dec­o­rat­ing with flow­ers, the impor­tance of hear­ing the Ten Com­mand­ments read out loud in the syn­a­gogue, the con­cept of all Jews hav­ing been spir­i­tu­al­ly present at the giv­ing of the Torah, the cus­tom of stay­ing up all night to learn, the eat­ing of cus­tom­ary dairy foods, remem­ber­ing the spe­cial bib­li­cal fig­ures of King David, Ruth and Nao­mi who con­nect to the hol­i­day in impor­tant ways and above all, incor­po­rat­ing Torah into dai­ly life.

Bonus ques­tions and answers and a glos­sary of terms are includ­ed for addi­tion­al learn­ing. The book can be used at home or in preschool set­tings and is 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.

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