Almost a Minyan was just awarded the 2017 Literary Classics Seal of Approval In their citation, Literary Classics called the book, a cultural gem that will connect with readers of all ages How can our sacred institutions preserve tradition while retaining the flexibility to accommodate modern life And how do you fold that theme into a lively kids book Almost a Minyan, the latest offering from Austin s Sociosights Press, brings children into the world of a loving daughter and granddaughter whose family stays connected to each other and to the past through sacred ritual The book is a multi generational love story for Jewish traditions In a story that will appeal equally to people familiar with its Yiddish phrases and Jewish traditions and those interested in increasing their cultural understanding, Almost a Minyan subtly handles some of the practices and controversies of modern Judaism Can women and girls be part of the sacred minyan for public worship This spirited story, brought to life with touching and reverent illustrations by Susan Simon, is a sure bet for young readers....
|Title||:||Almost a Minyan|
|Publisher||:||Sociosights Press April 4, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||40 pages|
|File Size||:||574 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Almost a Minyan Reviews
The first thing you notice about Almost a Minyan is the amazing illustrations. Susan Simon is worth her weight in gold for her talent. Then the story unfolds of this devout Jewish family practices their traditions as best they can in their small community. Told through the eyes of a little girl, she grieves with her father after her grandfather’s death. His death makes it more difficult to assemble the required ten (a minyan) needed to say certain prayers. It is a happy day for the little girl when her Hebrew birthday makes her old enough to be counted among the ten. She is bequeathed with her grandfather’s prayer shawl and tefillin (for those like me who are unfamiliar with Jewish terms, a glossary is included). Coming of age connects her with her family and faith tradition in a powerful way.
I really like this book. It's amazing how it manages to be all encompassing without beating you over the head about it. For example, the illustrations are multi-ethnic and gendered. The illustrations as comforting and inclusive in that way. If you are familiar with where/how Jewish Law developed, you know that this book is making a strong point about gender roles. However, the book itself doesn't tell you that, it just tells its story: a man who prays regularly. This man's father dies and you see a little bit of how he grieves. Then there is the daughter who is watching her father pray everyday and she seems eager to be old enough to join him. I LOVE the part where she is finally old enough to go prayer with her father, and he gives her his own father's tallit; I teared up on that page.
This book is a work of art on several levels. The delightful illustrations attracted my attention first with their rich colors and swirling lines. Even the endpapers are illustrated to make it appear as if the whole book is wrapped in a tallis (a Jewish prayer shawl). As my fingers moved over the strong, smooth paper I noticed the quality of the book and how well it is made. Then I read the touching story and my eyes filled with tears even as my lips lifted in a smile. I am not Jewish, but if I had children I would read this book to them repeatedly because of the moving story and the life lessons they would learn.
You don't have to be a child to love this coming-of-age story of a girl growing up in an orthodox Jewish community. Its deceptively simple message that each of us matters, especially in the midst of loss, will resonate with all ages. The gorgeous illustrations by Susan Simon are the perfect choice to bring Lori S. Kline's rhyming story to life. Kudos to Socioinsights Press for birthing this classic and resonant book!
I have purchased the hard copy and the e-book because I will gift the book to a child but cannot bear to give this lovely book away without having a copy for myself also. The story held my heart in love as the thread of generational traditions passed on to this dear protagonist. Kudos to this awesome author, artist, and publisher for this gorgeous book
I can't read this loving, beautiful story without tearing up. The author's poetry coupled with the amazing illustrations bring the deep meaning of what's important in life into the hearts of all, regardless of religious or non-religious beliefs. Thanks to Sociosights Press for bringing this potentially life-changing story into the world.
Utterly charming, and a good Jewish education hidden in its verses.
A wonderful book that weaves the various strands of Judaism into one strand and invites ALL readers into its world. It would make a wonderful Bar or Bar Mitzvah gift and/or baby gift.