I couldn’t decide what to call this book. Avos? Avot? We live in Israel, but I am proudly Ashkenazi.
In my head I say Shabbos, Shavuos and Avos, but everybody around me says Shabbat, Shavuot and Avot. I also still call our Chanukah candle-holder a menorah, resisting the “Chanukiyah” pull with all my strength.
I went with Avot anyway, just as I have in most of my recent books. There’s just too many of “them” out there… and when I say them, I mean also my own children, who are learning in Israeli schools. The Family Torah is all-Ashkenazi, all the time. But everything else is Sefardi, pronunciation-wise. Including this book.
It’s short but sweet: a collection of children's rhymes (with illustrations) to introduce the Avos/Avot : Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yosef, plus Noach, Moshe, Shimshon and David.
(Click on the cover or click here to see it on Amazon.)
It’s based on poems and ideas I came up with while homeschooling -- but never had a chance before to edit and "smooth" for public consumption, the book is perfect for Shabbos (or Shabbat?) -table discussion or just to help kids get a sense of who these important ancestors were.
You won't find the whole story of each one's life, but you will find one "moment" or incident for each that shares a lesson we and our kids can still learn from today.
This one won't be coming out in print; right now, it's Kindle only (if you mail me a receipt for your Kindle copy, I can send you an epub or any other version you need for your own ereader!). You might not love ebooks as your main reading-to/with-kids vehicle (join the club!), but I hope you'll try it out anyway. I'd love to hear what you think.
To thank you for following my blog in 2014, I'm making the book 99 cents (Canada/U.S.) from now until January 15th. After that, it will go up to $2.99. Click here to view/buy on Amazon.
Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!