"The moon was full, lighting up the way for Grandpa, Sadie, and Ori as they walked down the street hand-in-hand. Sadie glanced up at the moon and wanted to know if it was a holiday. She'd learned lots of interesting things in Hebrew school and knew that "Jewish holidays often begin with a full moon." Passover and Purim were two of the most recent, but what could this special holiday be? No one had said anything about it. There wasn't any holiday on the full moon, but Grandpa declared that "there is a holiday soon after." Ori and Sadie had no clue. "It's a mystery!" Indeed it was and they were going to have to find out about this mysterious holiday.
Ori sat on a stool as Sadie checked out the big calendar over her bookshelf. Mmmmm ... one, two, three days after the full moon there was a funny notation, "Lag Ba'Omer." What could that possibly mean? Yes, "It's a mystery!" Ori and Sadie said again. They began to search their bookshelves for some clues. There were books about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot, but no Lag Ba'Omer. They knew all about these other holidays because there were special things they celebrated with, including the "shofar their father blew on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur." This was truly a mystery. Would Ori and Sadie find anyone who could help them solve the mystery of Lag Ba'Omer?
This is a fun mystery of a minor Jewish holiday, Lag B'Omer, that children will enjoy solving right along with Ori and Sadie. It's a very interesting mystery that will interest many in learning not only about Lag B'Omer (Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai), but also about other Jewish holidays. They begin their search by asking the UPS man, but get their first real clue when Aunt Katy asks, "Isn't that when you go on picnics?" The artwork is simple, yet lively and seems to express the importance of family life and the role of children during holiday celebrations, even minor ones. In the back of the book is a brief vignette that offers up additional information about the mysterious holiday of Lag B'Omer.
Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast
Sadie and the Big Mountain
Sadie's Almost Marvelous Menorah
Sadie's Lag Ba'Omer Mystery
Seder in the Desert
This book courtesy of the publisher." Deb said.
"Sadie and Ori search through their books and cannot find any information about the Lag Ba'Omer Jewish holiday after their grandfather tells them about the upcoming holiday. They begin to ask people that they know and put together all the information about what the holiday is about. Then their grandfather reveals to them the reason for the holiday. Even though it is considered a minor Jewish holiday, Sadie and Ori's family decide to celebrate it, putting Sadie and Ori's education about the holiday into action.
Sadie and Ori's curiosity helped them to find the answers that they needed about the Lag Ba'Omer holiday. I liked how that they noticed that there is a full moon at the start of some Jewish holidays, even though the Lag Ba'Omer holiday didn't fall on a day that there would be a full moon. It was interesting to see what Jewish people do on this holiday and what kind of foods they eat on this holiday also.
This book is a great way to educate children about a Jewish holiday that isn't celebrated as much as the major ones.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own." Jill H. said.
"As a preschool teacher, i was thrilled to find a book about a lesser known Jewish holiday. This book was both informative and fun. The cheerfully illustrated book was entertaining and informative. It is perfect for the preschool aged crowd and younger elementary school. I am looking forward to reading this book to my four year old class." Adam David Nelson said.
"Ziggy is full of ideas. Some of his ideas turn into inventions like his Ziggy ball. It really isn't a ball but a cube. His Papi is not to sure that kind of ball will catch on. Everyday Ziggy and his Papi would go to the bakery to pick up bread to peddle on busy street corners. Ziggy always wanted to help but Papi said he had to wait until he was older. One day, Ziggy watched the baker make his bread, unfortunately it always seemed to be doughy in the middle. That night in a dream Ziggy knew a way to help the baker. His big idea was actually quite simple. When Ziggy arrived at the bakery the next morning he took over the kitchen. He rolled the dough into a wiggly snake, then pulled it into a circle shape and placed it into boiling water. The baker then placed it into the oven. This delightful bread is known as a bagel. This was Ziggy's big idea.
Children and parents will love the story of how the bagel came to be. Although it is quite a tale, kids will want to come up with some ideas of their own. The illustrations are lively and colorful and young readers can have fun picking out recognizable objects. Parents and teachers can share and open up dialogue about Jewish culture." Kristi Bernard said.