In this value-laden book, young children absorb all the life lessons they can from the people who live and work in their community. They learn about helping others from the firefighter, about taking care of friends and family from the local physician, about safety from the police officer on patrol, about sharing knowledge from their teacher, about fixing mistakes from a repairman, and about the value of family from their parents.
Their Jewish education is not neglected as they survey their world. Local builders remind them about doing mitzvot as the children return to their class and add a brick to their classroom “Bais Hamikdosh” project. Soldiers passing by remind them that they are part of Hashem’s army and must follow the Torah’s rules. Local displays remind them to act with tzinyus,or modesty, at all times. Watching a pilot fly overhead reminds them that their prayers fly higher than a pilot can ever soar.
This book takes a Chabad approach, but its wholesome content can be used in multiple settings to spark discussion about role models and how to learn from community resources. Some vocabulary will have to be explained to children from non-Orthodox backgrounds, but a glossary is included for this purpose. The color illustrations are bright and cheerful, and the pages are laminated and easy to wipe clean.
Recommended for ages 2 to 5.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.