Editorial Review

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Cover: Lights Out Shabbat

“In her first children’s book, Shulimson tells a sweet story about keeping the Sabbath even when the unexpected occurs. When a snowstorm knocks out the power at his grandparents’ house in Georgia soon after the Shabbat candles are lit, a little boy finds that a Sabbath without electricity can be special. Dessert becomes cherry cones made from snow harvested from the yard. The evening is spent snuggling on his grandfather’s lap while listening to family stories. The next day is filled with making a snowman with his grandmother, then going on a walk, taking a nap, playing with old toys in the attic, and, towards evening, searching through a telescope for the three stars which signify the Sabbath’s end. It is only after his grandfather wishes him ‘Shavuah Tov’ that the electricity comes back on with the light fixtures burning, the refrigerator humming, and the television blaring. Ebbeler’s illustrations, done in layered acrylic paints on paper, use subtle reds, oranges, and yellows to capture the warm love the family feels for each other and echo the lights of the burning candles which create a sense of togetherness. A wonderful book to share under any weather conditions.”—Association of Jewish Libraries

Products Reviewed

Lights Out Shabbat
  • Available in limited formats
  • Soon! Spring 2021
  • New! Fall 2020
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