|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||12|
BUEN SHABAT, SHABBAT SHALOM
Author: Sarah Aroeste
Illustrator: Ayesha Lopez Rubio Review Issue Date: February 15, 2020
Online Publish Date: January 21, 2020
Price ( Hardcover ): $6.99
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-5415-4246-4
Category: Fiction A Sephardic family celebrates the Sabbath in this bilingual English/Ladino board book. It’s Friday night, and the family is getting ready for Shabbat. The text is mostly in English with a few italicized Ladino words and phrases, their meaning easily understood by the context, and a recurring “Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom!” on every double-page spread. While the mother prepares the meal, the father and children set the table. It is now time to “light the candles, las kandelas.” The mother does so with no covering on her head, indicating a comfort with a bending of some of the traditions. As the father holds an infant in his arms they sing some songs. When it is time to bless the wine and braided challah bread, the infant is settled in a highchair, and the mother brings the challah to the table. An illustration of the family group within a circle, emphasizing their togetherness, is accompanied by: “Bless the family, la famiya. / Enjoy the food, la komida.” In the last spread, the family is gathered close around the table, “Peace for all, para todos!” What sets this book apart is the use of Ladino, a Spanish-derived language of the Jewish Diaspora not widely spoken worldwide. Families with a Sephardic background will particularly appreciate this book. (Board book. 1-4)
Author, Narrator: Sarah Aroeste
Determined to help bring Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture to a new generation, Sarah Aroeste, a Ladino singer, author, and cultural activist, draws upon her Sephardic family roots to present original Ladino songs and prose. She lives in Massachusetts.
Illustrator: Ayesha L. Rubio
Ayesha L. Rubio was born in Madrid, Spain, in February. She loved to draw, but unfortunately for her family, any surface was an empty canvas for her. Her grandfather taught her to draw on paper, instead of furniture or walls. Nowadays, she lives in London and works as an author and illustrator and occasional animator.