This is an adorable large sized board book for toddlers and preschoolers who come from observant families. Each page shows a child in their community — at the dentist, library, in shul, etc. The text on each page is a quatrain poem, rhyming in the second and fourth lines. The words are simple to read and understand for little ones. Photographs are mixed with graphics to give each page the look of a scrapbook. Because the pictures are taken in a variety of locations, even less observant families can share this book with their children. This realistic detail allows for young children to see themselves as active members of their community, both secular and religious. Ages 1 – 4.
Rachel Rosner is the Director of the Jewish Book Festival in Rochester, NY. She also runs Jewish Family Programs for the JCC, and has worked there since 1994. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Syracuse University.