Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Soosie, The Horse That Saved Shabbat

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"This delightful picture book is based on a true story but has a folk tale flavor. Set in Jerusalem in the early 20th century, it tells of a clever horse who delivered the challah on her own when the baker’s boy felt too ill to drive the cart. Bright, engaging illustrations bring the characters and setting to life, as Soosie travels through historic Jerusalem in this finely crafted, heartwarming story."

AJL Holiday Highlights List Spring 2021


"A heartwarming tale with an abundance of kindness, love, and tradition."

KIRKUS Reviews


Lehman-Wilzig’s love­ly sto­ry, Hal­ber­stadt’s evoca­tive, rich­ly col­ored art, and the atmos­phere of Jerusalem, itself, com­bine to teach young read­ers about respon­si­bil­i­ty, hon­esty, and lov­ing ani­mal-care. It’s a beau­ti­ful­ly ren­dered sim­ple sto­ry on the sur­face but it’s a com­plex one, too, redo­lent of car­ing rela­tion­ships between ani­mals and peo­ple and filled with a sense of Shab­bat peace… This high­ly rec­om­mend­ed sto­ry would make a won­der­ful read-aloud and is an excel­lent resource for edu­ca­tors, par­ents, ani­mal lovers, chal­lah con­nois­seurs, and thoselike Soosiewho love to wan­der the streets of Jerusalem.

Michal Hoschander Malen
Editor, Young Adult & Children’s Book Reviews
Jewish Book Council

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