A Rainy Day Story
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.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
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
“The simple Talmudic lesson has resonance for our contemporary world.” — Kirkus Reviews
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.