Fall 2024

Rebecca's Prayer for President Lincoln

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Each night when she says her prayers, Rebecca thinks of her Papa who lost a hand while fighting in President Lincoln’s war. He still believes the war was righteous: “We Jews, who were once slaves in Egypt, should never let another human being be held in slavery. Our America should not be their Egypt.” One Saturday morning at synagogue, the rabbi has some shocking news: “Last night President Lincoln was shot.” The cantor starts to sing the Mourner’s Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. Without prompting, Rebecca, her father, and all the congregants join in, mourning the President as one of their own. Based on a true story.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-09-10
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV033020, JUV016140, JUV039030
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Features Author/Illustrator note and Reviewed

Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 400 books across all genres and age ranges, including the Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. In 2022 she was named the The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Illustrator: Laura Barella

Laura Barella lives and works in a house with cats, trees, and a hammock. She loves reading, playing ancient music with her husband, and spending sunny afternoons with her sketchpad and pencils in a rowboat on a nearby lake. A graduate of the European Institute of Design, she has illustrated many children's books.

Reviews

Jewish Book Council

“A beau­ti­ful descrip­tion of true events seen through a Jew­ish lens, this book is a valu­able addi­tion to class­rooms, libraries, and house­holds alike.” - Jewish Book Council

Kirkus Reviews

“Highlights an intriguing aspect of Jewish American history through a child’s eyes.”—Kirkus Reviews