The Hardest Word
A Yom Kippur Story
The Ziz, a wonderful bird who lived long ago, is so big and clumsy that he can’t keep from bumping into things. When a tree he knocks over destroys the children’s garden, he seeks God’s help to fix things. “Bring me the hardest word,” God instructs him, and the Ziz flies off to search. He brings back words like rhinocerous, rock, and Rumplestiltskin, but none is acceptable, until he makes an important discovery.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Joan G. Sugarman Children's Book Award Honorable Mention
- National Jewish Book Award Finalist
- Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable
“A breezy plot, a whirlwind protagonist, a sense of the silly and vibrant art combine to explain a vital part of our most somber and introspective holiday, Yom Kippur. . . Kar-Ben deserves our thanks for publishing another appealing gem.” —AJL Newsletter
San Diego Jewish Times
“This delightful take, featuring a loveable, klutzy bird teaching the essential lessons of the High Holidays, is just perfect!. . .This book is a must!” —San Diego Jewish Times
Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
“Children and adults alike will enjoy this exceptionally unique Yom Kippur story.”
Washington Jewish Week
“The very complicated lessons of atonement and forgiveness on Yom Kippur are introduced to children in a warm and humorous story.” —Washington Jewish Week
Illustrator: Katherine Janus Kahn
Katherine Janus Kahn studied Fine Arts at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem and at the University of Iowa. She has illustrated many children's books including Kar-Ben's popular Sammy Spider series. She lives in Wheaton, Maryland.
Author: Jacqueline Jules
Jacqueline Jules is an award-winning author and poet. Her many children's books include The Hardest Word (National Jewish Book Award finalist), Happy Hanukkah Lights, and Picnic at Camp Shalom. She lives in northern Virginia.