Spring 2020

Shalom Bayit

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

A home’s a cozy, restful place,
a safe and loving family space.

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On pre-order until 03/03/2020
$6.99 $6.99
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$39.98 $29.99
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$6.99 $6.99
Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039280, JUV039220, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Lexile 400
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

Author: Linda Elovitz Marshall
Illustrator: Ag Jatkowska Review Issue Date: February 15, 2020
Online Publish Date: January 12, 2020
Publisher: Kar-Ben
Pages: 12
Price ( Hardcover ): $6.99
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-5415-4247-1
Category: Fiction A graceful observation of various calm and loving animal and human homes. In this pleasant, nature-inspired board book, readers see various animals living in “shalom bayit”—"quiet places, peaceful homes"—before the book closes on a human Jewish family relaxing in their house. Peppy rhyming couplets—"A turtle makes a sandy mound. / A worm lives safely underground"—have a nice sound to them, and the short tidbits of information they impart about the different habitats and shelters of disparate forest animals are accurate. With sweetly anthropomorphized animals, complete with serene smiles and rosy cheeks, this is nature at its most passive and tranquil. Gauzy, multilayered illustrations feel inspired by the indistinct look of watercolors, and there’s plenty of charm in the busy landscapes and scurrying gray squirrels or big-eared mice. Botanical elements are especially well rendered. At points, this chill vibe feels too sedate, especially when it extends to the scene with the human family, as those three kids sitting suspiciously still in their tidy living room may not exactly mirror reality. While the book’s connection to its overall concept of “shalom bayit,” or domestic harmony, feels rather tenuous, it may speak to some Jewish households and would be a welcome book for any nature-loving toddler. Likable art and a peaceable concept. (Board book. 2-4)

Illustrator: Ag Jatkowska

Ag Jatkowska was born in Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with an MA in Graphic Design and Illustration. She lives in Bath, England.

Author: Linda Elovitz Marshall

Linda Elovitz Marshall raised her four children, a small flock of sheep, lots of zucchinis and countless rabbits in a historic farmhouse overlooking the Hudson River in upstate New York. A graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University, she has, in addition to writing and farming, taught early childhood and parenting education, owned a bookstore. Her previous books include Talia and the Rude Vegetables and Talia and the Very YUM Kippur.