Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

With a Ladino word introduced on each page, a Sephardic Jewish family prepares to celebrate Shabbat.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV033020, JUV074000
Dewey 296.4/1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Lexile 310
Features Reviewed



“The art’s bold and cute, with a Pixar vibe, and I love the tiny Sephardic décor touches, like the framed hamsas on the wall.” — Marjorie Ingall, Tablet Magazine

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“I think that this book would be helpful for Sephardic Jewish children because it shows how some Sephardic Jewish families celebrate Shabbat.” — Jill Harris


“This beautiful new board book should be an indispensable part of any young Jewish child’s library.” — Lior Zaltzman, Kveller

AJL Newsletter

“With few words on each page, a modern Sephardic family prepares for and then celebrates Shabbat while introducing a variety of Ladino words. This is a fun and new concept for a board book. The illustrations are charming. All males are wearing kippot. The publisher notes that both author and illustrator are of Sephardic heritage.” — Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles, CA

Kirkus Reviews

“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.”— Kirkus Reviews

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 is the author of the Ladino board book Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom. 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.