Bim and Bom, 2nd Edition

A Shabbat Tale

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

Bim, a builder, and her brother Bom, a baker, live on opposite sides of town. All week long they work hard but when Shabbat comes, they celebrate the day together. A warm story of village life inspired by the well known song “Shabbat Shalom.” Song notes and lyrics included.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017090
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144322
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

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.


Jewish Book World

Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale is a picture book about the experience of preparing for and observing Shabbat. Both the text and illustrations effectively convey the spiritual uniqueness of Shabbat. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations, which show challah baking and candle lighting. I also like that the book communicates that people can use their different talents and strengths to help make Shabbat a rich and spiritually rewarding experience. Additionally, I appreciate the ethical message conveyed through both the text and illustrations. On Fridays, Bim, who works as a carpenter, builds homes for needy people. On Fridays, Bom, who works as a baker, bakes challah to give to needy people. The book gave me a greater appreciation for the role of chesed in Judaism. Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale is a fun way of introducing children to Shabbat observance. The book also teaches that preparing for Shabbat and observing Shabbat can be, and frequently are, spiritually rewarding.” —Jewish Book World


“Kids will appreciate the reversal of the traditional gender roles as well as the enduring message.” —Booklist