A rhymed picture story about the benefits, pleasures, and inspiration different people of all ages and stages and employment, gain from studying Torah. There is always time for Torah some place in one’s day, especially in this neighborhood. A young boy notes how his neighbor, his doctor, and the storekeeper, among others find time within their day to study. Since the book is for the picture book crowd, it prepares children for this practice which is spreading from strictly frum communities to the broader Jewish population. The pause and concentration needed for the study of Torah is shown to make people happy and able to be accommodated in various ways. The pages of this book are coated and impervious to damage or dirt. Colorful illustrations by Tova Katz are quite sophisticated and well executed. Torah study is shown as a male pursuit here, making the book particularly suitable for the Orthodox community. For ages 5 – 9.
Marci Lavine Bloch earned her MLS from the University of Maryland, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in English Literature from Fordham University. She has worked in synagogue and day school libraries and is currently finishing her term on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.