Shimmy’s Mag­ic Kite

Menucha Fuchs; Rache­li David, illus.; Yael Mer­mel­stein, trans.
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By – September 4, 2014

In book two in the Shim­my Ray series, Mot­ty has a very spe­cial bal­loon that has been blown away by the wind. As Shim­my always wants to help peo­ple in need, he promis­es Mot­ty that he will help recov­er the bal­loon. Shim­my devis­es a plan in which he and his friends gath­er the mate­ri­als nec­es­sary to build a res­cue kite.” The boys work well togeth­er and, spoil­er alert, the kite ends up find­ing the bal­loon in a tree. The val­ues of team­work, coop­er­a­tion and help­ing oth­ers are empha­sized. Illus­tra­tions are in black and white and help frame the sto­ry nicely. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 5 – 9.

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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