It's Tot Shabbat!

Naomi Danis (Author) Tod Cohen (Photographer)


Join a class of preschoolers as they learn about celebrating Shabbat. Engaging photos of children show them taking plush Torahs out of the pretend ark and reading a Bible story. They learn to say the blessings over challah and pretend wine before happily joining their parents in the sanctuary.

-- "Journal"

Product Details

Kar-Ben Publishing (Tm)
Publish Date
January 01, 2011
8.73 X 0.32 X 8.7 inches | 0.57 pounds
Library Binding
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About the Author

Naomi Danis drew on her own childhood memories in this her sixth book for young readers, following her New York Times-praised I Hate Everyone--also illustrated by Cinta Arribas--and While Grandpa Naps. She tries in her stories to notice and give voice to emotions that are universal but not always spoken, to help children feel seen, and to allow them to appreciate their own relationships in both their sheltering companionship and their complications. She hopes her books demonstrate love, even when they don't always use that word. She lives in Forest Hills, New York, and feels lucky to be writing in what she considers to be a new golden age of picture books.


"It's Tot Shabbat is part of a Kar-Ben series showing children celebrating Jewish holidays around the year. Here we follow a group of appealing preschoolers attending a synagogue youth program on Shabbat morning while their parents pray in the adjacent sanctuary. The children play games relating to stories from the weekly Torah portion and share a snack after making a blessing on their food. They listen to a story, share toys, and model other appropriate and enjoyable behaviors for young readers. They happily rejoin their parents in song and prayer at the end of the service. The illustrations are bright, clear photographs of children learning and having fun, obviously enjoying their synagogue experience. The text is simple and easily understood and is followed by a glossary as well as the wording, explanation, and transliteration of the brachot or blessings mentioned within the story. Highly recommended for ages 2-5." --Jewish Book World


"Joining the It's Time! series, this photographic picture book centers on a preschool class at a synagogue: 'while the grown-ups pray, in another room the children play.' Cohen's photographs--some candid, some posed--show the children reading about Noah's Ark (then pretending to be the animals in the story), building a Tower of Babel out of cardboard blocks (it tumbles down soon after), enjoying a snack, and eventually rejoining the congregation. A straightforward and reassuring account of ways children celebrate Shabbat." --Publishers Weekly


"While their parents are in services on Saturday mornings, preschoolers enjoy having fun at 'Shabbat Club.' They play with toys, listen to stories, hold stuffed-toy Torahs, and say the blessings over a Shabbat snack. Clear photographs of adorable children accompany the text. The book's joyful portrayal of Judaism makes it a good choice for inclusion in a synagogue or home library." --The Horn Book Guide