Before We Eat

A Thank You Prayer

From the Series Very First Board Books

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

A young child says the “Motzi,” a traditional prayer of thanks.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$23.99 $17.99
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Publication Date 2010-01-01
BISACS JUV039200, JUV050000, JUV033020
Dewey 296.4'5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

A Jewish family sits down to eat. ―Bread and butter on my plates./ I‘m so hungry, I can‘t wait.// But Before I take a bite,/ I say some words / that feel just right.‖ The unidentified narrator (a yarmulke-topped little boy or a curly-headed little girl, both early-elementary age in Iwai‘s illustrations) briefly describes the hamotzi blessing, thanks God for ―[g]ood food, a home, a family.‖ The full blessing appears on the last page in both transliterated Hebrew and a loosely translated English. This well-meaning book falls short. The two kids are too old for babies—presumably this format‘s target audience—to identify with. Children in observant families with have heard hamotzi from their earliest days; an explanation is better suited to preschool children, who are full of whys, than babies and toddlers, but this vehicle is too young for them.

Illustrator: Melissa Iwai

Melissa Iwai received her BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She now lives in Brooklyn and has illustrated many award-winning picture books, including Orbis Pictus Honor Book Thirty Minutes Over Oregon.

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.