Ages 3-7. Haas' finely worked watercolours evince a sense of serenity, as though echoing one of prayer's purposes. The morning sun highlights the silhouettes of two awakening children; parents' heads bend in a sheltering posture over the children with whom they are welcoming Shabbat; the havdalah candle's broad flame reflects from the faces of youngsters transfixed by its flare. Children catching fireflies and decorating a succah are among the other tenderly painted images that frame the blessings and prayers, which are printed in Hebrew block letters, with a Roman alphabet transliteration and an English translation below. In addition, brief, explanatory notes often place the prayers within a relevant context for youngsters. This thoughtfully prepared book not only teaches the blessings that herald the holidays and that welcome and close each day and each meal, but also includes parts of the Mi Sheberach and the Kaddish, prayers to turn to as needed when a loved one is ill or has died or when praying for peace. There is surprisingly little duplication between this and Edwards' Blessed Are You: Traditional Everyday Hebrew Prayers. Ellen Mandel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PreS-Gr 2-Soft watercolors and a simple text introduce Jewish liturgy and tradition. These prayers honor daily experiences, holidays, and even death. Brief explanations precede each Hebrew prayer, followed by a phonetic transliteration (with an explanatory guide) and an English phrase usually thanking God for his blessings. Pastel illustrations, often used as a border, focus attention on the varying sizes of text. Containing more blessings and gentler pictures than Michelle Edwards's Blessed Are You (Lothrop, 1993), this is an excellent choice for family sharing and to balance religious collections.-Bonnie Siegel, Westacres Public Library, West Bloomfield, MI
"Designed as a first prayer book for young children, this beautifully illustrated work in delicate watercolors is presented in simple Hebrew, phonetic transliteration, and English."