Editorial Review

Jewish Journal

Cover: The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story

“This story is based on Eastern European Jews’ custom of decorating their windows with Jewish-themed papercuts during the Shavuot holiday. Children should enjoy this cleverly imagined tale of a girl who loves spending time doing art projects with her talented grandmother. Young Shoshana dresses in her treasured artist’s smock and black beret for her weekly visit to the home of Grandma Jacobs, who stocks an art studio that would enchant any child. Calling her granddaughter ‘My little Chagall’ or ‘My little Modigliani,’ she stirs creative juices as she instructs Shoshana how to make papercuts — ‘something my bubbe taught me how to do when I was a little girl.’ When Shoshana gets frustrated with what she believes are meager efforts, her grandmother encourages her to use her imagination to define success and states lovingly that ‘Every papercut is special. Just like you.’ Adults will appreciate the various references to famous artists’ styles that the illustrator has hidden among the pages, helped by an author’s note explaining Grandma Jacobs’ use of nicknames. Simple instructions for a Star of David papercut are included.”—Jewish Journal

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