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.