What Do I Say?

Malky Gold­berg. Pat­ti Argoff, illus.
  • Review
By – July 9, 2012
This lift-the-flap pic­ture book is tar­get­ed for obser­vant chil­dren but will have appeal to oth­er young chil­dren also. In bright col­or­ful pic­tures, it fol­lows the day of a cheer­ful boy as he wakes up, is served a cheese sand­wich and choco­late ice cream for lunch by his smil­ing moth­er, then vis­its a sick friend and walks home, all the while say­ing the cor­rect prayer or phrase to God. At the begin­ning the boy thanks Hashem by say­ing mod­eh ani” (which is defined at the back as a prayer of thanks to be recit­ed each morn­ing upon awak­en­ing) and ends with the boy say­ing she­ma yis­roel” as he goes to sleep. Chil­dren open card­board flaps to see what the boy says, either in Hebrew or in Eng­lish, in each sit­u­a­tion. At the back is a glos­sary of the four Hebrew terms. The pleas­ing, child-friend­ly illus­tra­tions and brief text make this a good pur­chase for a day school or a syn­a­gogue with a nurs­ery school where chil­dren learn Hebrew. Ages 2 – 4.
Andrea David­son is the librar­i­an of The Tem­ple-Tifer­eth Israel in Beach­wood, Ohio. She holds an M.L.S. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan and is a for­mer mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Awards Com­mit­tee. She enjoys try­ing out the books she reviews on the kids at the Tem­ple and on her grandchildren.

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