The Rabbi and His Donkey

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

Hamor the donkey proudly takes Rabbi Moses Maimonides to the sultan’s palace every day, until he is replaced by a faster horse. Then the wise rabbi and the old donkey are reunited, as each learns a lesson from the other.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039220, JUV002090, JUV046000
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Susan Tarcov

Susan Tarcov grew up next to the Bronx Zoo, a great inspiration for writing children's books. She is married, has three children, and lives in Chicago. Her previous books include Maya Prays for Rain, Raisins and Almonds: A Yiddish Lullaby, The Rabbi and His Donkey, and Professor Buber and His Cats.

Illustrator: Diana Renjina

Diana Renjina was born in Riga, Latvia, a town with a mix of cobbled streets, pine forests, a cold sea, and Art Nouveau architecture, which has always been an inspiration for her. She is mostly self-taught, but has also studied design. She lives in Riga.


  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Picture Book Notable, Commended, 2024
  • Tablet Magazine's Best Jewish Children's Books of 2023, Winner, 2023


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“The large and colorful illustrations make this picture book a perfect pick for classroom story time. . . a book that can help open up a medieval world of wonder.”—Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“This thought-provoking tale will be especially welcome as an introduction to Maimonides. A reminder that wisdom comes in different forms and from different sources.”―Kirkus Reviews

Sydney Taylor Shmooze

“Can appeal to those looking for a dive into Jewish history, Judaic scholarship, and Sephardic culture, as well as those looking for the more universal messages of the value of connections with animals and the natural world, and the importance of taking time out of our busy days for thought and reflection.”―Sydney Taylor Shmooze