Written and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard
Published by Jewish Lights, 2011, 32 pp.
Author/illustrator Bernhard takes young readers around the world to celebrate Shabbat starting on Friday morning in Jerusalem and then through Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, America, Ethiopia, Germany, Canada, Morocco, Thailand, and India, before returning to Jerusalem for Havdalah.
See some of Durga’s artwork at Durga Yael’s Book Blog.
The good stuff
- Great concept–Kids can see and read how their celebration of Shabbat connects with others around the world. Although celebrations may vary, as Jews we are all connected. Definite read-aloud opportunities.
- Variety of customs–You can be the same yet different and still be an observant Jew.
- Tone–There is reverence for the day of rest.
- Detailed illustrations–The panoramic views are beautifully rendered with a vibrant color palette. They’d make great framed artwork for any Jewish home. (Hint to Durga!)
The not-so-good stuff
- Authenticity? — I am a stickler for detail and this is a minor point. Does a child in St. Petersburg call his grandfather “Zayde?” Would “Joseph” in Germany really be “Jozef” or “Josef?”
4.5 out of 5.0