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It's Tot Shabbat!

It's Tot Shabbat!
Naomi Danis By (author)
Tod Cohen Photographs by
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Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

8.5 X 8.5 in
24 pg

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion / Judaism
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious


Join a class of preschoolers as they learn about celebrating Shabbat. Engaging photos of children show them taking plush Torahs out of the pretend ark and reading a Bible story. They learn to say the blessings over challah and pretend wine before happily joining their parents in the sanctuary.


"Joining the It's Time! series, this photographic picture book centers on a preschool class at a synagogue: 'while the grown-ups pray, in another room the children play.' Cohen's photographs—some candid, some posed—show the children reading about Noah's Ark (then pretending to be the animals in the story), building a Tower of Babel out of cardboard blocks (it tumbles down soon after), enjoying a snack, and eventually rejoining the congregation. A straightforward and reassuring account of ways children celebrate Shabbat." --Publishers WeeklyJournal

"While their parents are in services on Saturday mornings, preschoolers enjoy having fun at 'Shabbat Club.' They play with toys, listen to stories, hold stuffed-toy Torahs, and say the blessings over a Shabbat snack. Clear photographs of adorable children accompany the text. The book's joyful portrayal of Judaism makes it a good choice for inclusion in a synagogue or home library." --The Horn Book Guide Journal

"It’s Tot Shabbat is part of a Kar-Ben series showing children celebrating Jewish holidays around the year. Here we follow a group of appealing preschoolers attending a synagogue youth program on Shabbat morning while their parents pray in the adjacent sanctuary. The children play games relating to stories from the weekly Torah portion and share a snack after making a blessing on their food. They listen to a story, share toys, and model other appropriate and enjoyable behaviors for young readers. They happily rejoin their parents in song and prayer at the end of the service. The illustrations are bright, clear photographs of children learning and having fun, obviously enjoying their synagogue experience. The text is simple and easily understood and is followed by a glossary as well as the wording, explanation, and transliteration of the brachot or blessings mentioned within the story. Highly recommended for ages 2-5." --Jewish Book World Magazine

Author Bio

Naomi Danis is the managing editor of Lilith magazine, independent Jewish & frankly feminist. She is the author of Walk With Me, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers (Scholastic/Cartwheel, 1995); Splish-Splash, illustrated by Elliot Kreloff (BeginSmart, 2008), It's Tot Shabbat, with photos by Tod Cohen (KarBen, 2011), and I Hate Everyone, with illustrations by Cinta Arribas (Pow! Kids Books, 2018). Forthcoming in April 2019 is While Grandpa Naps,with illustrations by Junghwa Park, from Pow! Kids Books. She earned a BA and MA in English from Stony Brook University, an MS in Education from Bank Street College, and lives in Forest Hills, New York.