Chil­dren’s

Yos­si and Laibel’s Shab­bos Surprise

Dina Rosen­feld; Nor­man Nodel, illus.
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By – December 8, 2017

Yos­si and Laibel’s Shab­bos Sur­prise by Dina Rosen­feld; Nor­man Nodel, illus. | Jew­ish Book Coun­cil

One of the books from HaChai’s clas­sic Yos­si and Laibel series has now been adapt­ed into a board book for the very young. In this sim­ple tale, the two boys want to help pre­pare the Shab­bos meal for their fam­i­ly, and they cre­ative­ly use what they can find: peanut but­ter, jel­ly, bagels, and apple­sauce. Their grand­moth­er saves the day by walk­ing in the door with more appro­pri­ate fare, but the boys’ offer­ings are accept­ed and appre­ci­at­ed — mak­ing the meal fuller and more fun, and teach­ing them that help, offered whole­heart­ed­ly, is always valued.

Rhyming lan­guage and col­or­ful illus­tra­tions in the spir­it of the sto­ry, with the boys’ good-natured grins, add to its mood of joy.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 1 to 3.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and chil­dren’s book reviews. She has lec­tured on a vari­ety of top­ics relat­ing to chil­dren and books and her great­est joy is read­ing to her grand­chil­dren on both sides of the ocean. Michal lives in Great Neck, NY and Efrat, Israel.

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