Editorial Review

Association of Jewish Libraries

Cover: Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam

“In this unique retelling of the classic ‘Brothers’ legend, the title characters are two women – one Jewish, one Muslim—living side-by side in Jerusalem. The women work together harvesting dates, and often share meals. They practice their faiths, which the book lovingly compares. When the crop fails one season, the two women search for ways to help each other through a difficult time. Of course, each is doing the same thing for the other – secretly placing dates in a basket on her neighbor’s porch. Upon discovery, they hug, laugh and share a meal. This version of the story is well told and strongly supports the Jewish values of kindness to strangers and hospitality. The language is simple, short and sweet, perfect for story time. The artwork provides a beautiful portrayal of ‘the Land of Milk and Honey’ in muted tones of teal, maroon, and brown. As a delightful depiction of true friendship, a beautiful book about Israel, and a wonderful retelling of an old story, this is a must have for any Jewish library.”—Association of Jewish Libraries

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