A Rainy Day Story

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

Rabbi Hanina feels sorry for himself when he becomes wet, cold and muddy from the rain. But when he goes inside his house—where he is warm, dry and happy—he feels selfish, knowing the parched earth needs the rain, and he learns a lesson about his place in the world.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-02-01
Text Type Folktale/Legend
BISACS JUV012020, JUV039280, JUV039220
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 540
Features Author/Illustrator note, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon is the Visiting Professor in Talmudic civil law at Harvard Law School. A former Member of Knesset, she is also an educator and academic Talmud scholar. She is the founder of the Elul pluralistic beit midrash, as well as Alma, the Home for Hebrew Culture. She received her MA and PhD in Talmud from the Hebrew University. This is her first children's book. She lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Illustrator: Noa Kelner

Noa Kelner graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. She works with book publishers, newspapers, and magazines, and loves to give stories color and form. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the annual "Outline – Illustration and Words" festival in Jerusalem and also teaches illustration. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.


Sydney Taylor Shmooze

“Well-written and beautifully illustrated, this is an excellent introduction to and fun way to engage with Talmud for young children.” — Kathy Bloomfield, President of AJL, Seal Beach, CA, Sydney Taylor Shmooze

Midwest Book Review

“‘A Rainy Day Story’ will prove to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.” — James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

Jewish Book Council

“There’s much to learn from this sim­ple sto­ry; it deliv­ers the kind of les­son that sticks. Once absorbed, it can change a child’s out­look and will last for a lifetime.” — Michal Hoschlander Malen, Jewish Book Council

Kirkus Reviews

“The simple Talmudic lesson has resonance for our contemporary world.” — Kirkus Reviews