Rosie Saves the World

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Rosie can’t wait to start doing good deeds to save the world. But as she helps the people in her neighborhood, she is soon so busy saving the world that she doesn’t have time for her own family! It turns out, though, that the greatest acts of tikkun olam—repairing the world—start in her own home.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV039280, JUV039220
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 610
Features Fast facts and Reviewed


Cleveland Jewish News

“Rosie is ready to save the world, so she begins to help people in her neighborhood. But in the process she neglects her family until she discovers that tikkun olam, repairing the world, starts in her home. Tammie Lyon, an award-winning illustrator whose work is seen in the book, is from Cincinnati.” - Cleveland Jewish News

School Library Journal

“This sweet title serves up its didactic content with a gentle hand. Excited about the Jewish value of ‘tikkun olam, repairing the world by doing good deeds,’ Rosie comes up with projects to help her neighborhood. As she sets off to collect cans, her mom asks for help with the groceries, but Rosie is too busy saving the world. This theme continues as she is too busy to help her brother, clean the cat box, or visit her grandmother, because she is off to do similar things on a bigger scale: help at the library, animal shelter, and an assisted-living center. However, when the neighbor remarks that she must be a great help at home, Rosie realizes that ‘family comes first’ and returns home to do the things she neglected. The story is message-driven, but it’s a useful message, and not heavy-handed in its delivery. The text is spare and utilizes a lot of dialogue, making it engaging and readable, if not outstanding. Lyon’s bright, cartoon-style illustrations vary effectively from full-bleed spreads to single pages and spot art. Rosie is appealing, with curly brown hair and glasses, and her neighborhood and the nursing home are peopled with a moderately diverse cast. The illustrations, although pleasant, have a generic feel to them. VERDICT Jewish libraries and others serving large Jewish populations or in need of titles about good deeds will find this one fills a niche. Best shared one-on-one and in small group settings.”–School Library Journal

Association of Jewish Libraries

“Caring for the world and people in need around the globe is an essential Judaic value, and so is Areyvut (Jews being responsible for one another). Rosie learns in Hebrew class about Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world by doing good deeds, and sets off to do just that with impressive determination. However, she realizes through her own introspection that in her grand efforts to help those in her community, she lost sight the needs of her family, those closest to her. In an endnote, the concept of Areyvut is explained further. This sweetly conveyed and important message should have an impact on children and adults alike.”—Association of Jewish Libraries

Jewish Book Council

Rosie Saves the World is a charming picture book that teaches children about the Jewish concepts of tikkun olam, repair of the world; tzedakah, charity; mitzvot, good deeds; and areyvut, helping our own family and community.

After learning about mitzvot in religious school, Rosie decides she wants to save the world. She collects cans for the food pantry, sings to seniors, and pampers pets at the shelter—but while she’s busy helping others, Rosie neglects her own family. She doesn’t help her mother with the groceries, teach her brother how to write his Hebrew letters, or visit her own grandmother. After assisting a neighbor with her cranky baby, Rosie realizes that she has overlooked her own family and goes home to help with the most important mitzvah project of all—Operation Family Comes First.

Through simple language and engaging illustrations, Debbie Herman and Tammie Lyon teach a very important lesson without being preachy. Rosie, who is adorable with her curly hair and bright red glasses, enthusiastically demonstrates to young readers lots of ways to ‘repair the world,’ both ‘in their homes and on their way.’

The book concludes with an explanation of the Jewish concept of areyvut, how all Jews are responsible for one another, not just the world at large, but for our own families. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all took Rosie’s lesson to heart?

Highly recommended for children ages 4 to 8, their parents, and their religious school classes.”—Jewish Book Network

Author: Debbie Herman

Debbie Herman is a writer and editor living in Jerusalem. She is the author of several books for children, including Carla's Sandwich. She hopes to save the world one book at a time.

Illustrator: Tammie Lyon

Tammie Lyon is best known for illustrating the Katie Woo series. She also illustrated the Makers Make It Work book, Double or Nothing. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and dogs.