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Friday, January 24, 2020

Tu B'Shevat Galore New Spring Titles from Kar-Ben!

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Hard Hat Cat!
by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh, Maxine Lee

Of all the stray cats in Israel, a kitten sits high in a tree above girders, beams, cement mixers and cranes. Avi wants to adopt the friendly kitten although his mom--and the family dog-- don't like the idea. But every day the clever cat comes back, becoming a family's "forever cat"!
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Miriam at the River
by Jane Yolen

The biblical story of baby Moses as told by his big sister.

Giving her baby brother a kiss, brave little Miriam places Moses's basket into the river. With one quick push, she sends him into the water, hoping her wish will come true and her brother will be saved from Pharaoh's orders. But will Pharaoh's daughter arrive in time to rescue him?

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Judah Touro Didn't Want to Be Famous
by Audrey Ades

Setting out from Boston to New Orleans in 1801, Judah Touro dreamed of becoming a successful shopkeeper. Through his skill in business, he earned a great fortune. But the harrowing experience of being injured on a battlefield during the War of 1812 showed Judah the world through new eyes. Grateful for his riches, he recognized that they could be used to help others. So humble Judah did his great philanthropic deeds, large and small, all in secret.
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Clarence's Topsy-Turvy Shabbat
by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Neighbors of Clarence the raccoon worry that he is buying all of the wrong supplies for his Shabbat Challah, but he has a surprise or two in store for them.
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by Devora Busheri

A big sister in an Israeli family draws pictures as she eagerly anticipates her baby sister waking from her nap. She lovingly describes the baby, imagining all the things she will do when the baby wakes up: holding the baby in her lap, feeding her oatmeal, and taking her for a walk in the stroller. The book includes Hebrew words in the descriptions of the joys of having a new baby in the family.
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by Jessica Hickman

They look for bits of chametz. They're good investigators.
They're really just like you and me-- except they're ALLIGATORS.

A whimsical alligator family celebrates Passover.
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by Linda Elovitz Marshall,
Coming in Spring 2020!

A home's a cozy, restful place,
A safe and special, sacred space.

The words "shalom bayit" are Hebrew for "peace in the home," a goal for all families whether animal or human.
Illustrator: Ag Jatkowska
Ages: 1-4
Grades: PreK
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by Leslie Kimmelman 

In my blintz, you're the cheese.
You're the sun in my sky.
To my heart, you're the keys.
You're the twinkle in my eye.

This rhyming board book celebrates the importance of a young child as a member of a family.
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by Tracy Newman

The ninth in the popular Jewish holiday board book series by Newman and Garofoli, a family and their puppy celebrate Havdalah, the weekly ritual celebrating the end of Shabbat and welcoming the new week.
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by Freidele Galya Soban Biniashvil

How many times a day and how many ways can one eat matzah, the quintessential Passover cracker? For a kid, it's all day, every day and in many ways!
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by Sarah Aroeste

With a Ladino word introduced on each page, a Sephardic Jewish family prepares to celebrate Shabbat.

by Naomi Shmuel

"There's an Ethiopian; there's an Ethiopian!" I heard them shouting. I looked behind me, but I couldn't see any Ethiopian. Children began crowding round me, and I still didn't realize that they meant me, I was the Ethiopian.

Meskerem was born in a small town in the Golan Heights of Israel, to an Ethiopian mother and an American father. Soon after Operation Solomon, when several thousand Ethiopian immigrants were brought to Israel, Meskerem's parents decided to move to the center of the country, to the town of Herzelia. Meskerem comes face-to-face with the ignorance and prejudices of her new classmates, many of whom are meeting someone dark-skinned for the first time. With the help of her Ethiopian grandmother, who remained in Kazerin, Meskerem comes to terms with who she is and finds strength in belonging to three different cultures.

I received complimentary copies.

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