You're the Cheese in My Blintz

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$6.99  $6.43
Kar-Ben Publishing (R)
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6.4 X 6.4 X 0.3 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Leslie Kimmelman is the author of many picture books, including Belly Breathe and Trick Arrr Treat.

Ramona Kaulitzki is the illustrator of numerous children's books, among them Sisters First, by former first daughters Jenna Hagar Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush; Wonderful You; and Fly, Firefly! She lives in Germany. Visit her at


Using lilting, rhyming verse, this delightful board book conveys what is in every parent's heart - the depth of love they have for their baby: 'In my blintz, you're the cheese./To my heart, you're the keys./ You're the joy of each Shabbat./ You're the soup in my pot./You're the hip in my hooray/...the sweet peace of every day...' and so on. Most pages depict a single parent and child enjoying some activity together, e.g. a picnic of blintzes and strawberries, a Shabbat dinner, dancing around the room. The parents and children depicted represent a multicultural, ethnic mix as well as a range of Jewish observance, which is lovely and rare to see in books for a Jewish audience. The illustrations are charming, using a muted color palette with simple expressions to represent joy, wonder, peace and more. This is a wonderful title for new parents. With Alef-Bet blocks, Israel books, Shabbat candlesticks, and other Jewish items represented in each home, this small little gem portrays an authentic and positive Jewish experience. The language and illustrations are perfect for babies and toddlers. The diversity of Jewish families including people of color and adopted children of color is well represented. Published by Kar-Ben Publishers, it is easily available to a large book-buying market. As board books go, this is an excellent, joyful book for a Jewish family. However, it is a board book, so while I can see it as notable, I do not see it as an Award contender. -- Kathy Bloomfield, VP of the Association of Jewish Libraries, Sydney Taylor Shmooze

-- "Blog"

You're the Cheese in my Blintz, written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, is a short story about parents' love for their children. With examples about things that are incomplete without their second half--such as cheese in blintzes--the message is one of love. Kaulitzki's pictures backs up Kimmelman's writing with emotional images of parents sharing moments with their children. It's perfect for any parent looking for a short book to read to their child as a bedtime story. -- Adam Samuel, Journalist, Jewish Link NJ, Teaneck, NJ

-- "Blog"

A delightful poem is the essence of this adorable board book about how much families love their little ones. With such lines as 'You're the kick in my hora, you're the potato in my knish, You're the lights on my menorah, and the star on which I wish, ' it flows like the old Cole Porter tune, 'You're the Top.' A variety of cultures are represented, and not all the wording is skewed toward Jewish themes. Each scene depicts one parent and his or her baby. The poem is universal and full of good feelings. -- Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles, CA

-- "Magazine"
This rhyming ode to a caregiver's love for a baby includes touches of Jewish traditions and symbols. In this board book, it's all about the baby, each page showing a caregiver and their little one sharing meals, dancing, and embracing. Kimmelman's easy verse manages to steer clear of forced rhymes and awkward phrasing, impressively rhyming such words as 'knish, ' 'hora, ' and 'Shabbat.' The book clearly conveys the warmth of love that ties caregiver to child: 'You're the warm in my hug.' Kaulitzki's illustrations are full of detail and life: Books on the shelf have clear titles on their spines, and there are patterned stars on one baby's pajamas. Most of the adults and children in the book present white with the exceptions of one black-presenting woman and child pair and one white woman holding a dark-skinned child. In addition to its inclusion in the text, there are elements of Judaism in the illustrations as well: building blocks with Hebrew letters, a Star of David necklace, a man wearing a kippah, and others. These are mostly subtle, inclusive of Jewish traditions without being exclusively about them. Overall, this is a celebration of the love and joy that a baby brings to the world, just right for enjoying during a snuggle on a lap. Like a blintz, irresistible. -- Kirkus Reviews -- "Journal"

This book shows different children with a parent that explain to them that they are something really special by saying phrases like they are the _____ in my ____ throughout the book. The title of this book gives one example that is used in this story of 'In my blintz, you're the cheese.' The illustrations in this book seem to do a great job of showing that each parent in the story has a different idea of how their children are special to them. Parents (and even teachers) that read this book to children can make up phrases that fit their relationships with the children they read it to, too. I liked how it looked like one of the children in the story could've been adopted or maybe the woman the child was with could have some other relationship to the child (like a teacher) since the woman and child looked like they were different nationalities. I also liked that there were some Hebrew words that are brought into this story, most of which are probably very familiar to a lot of Jewish people, but some people will probably need to look up those words to find their meanings. -- Jill Harris

-- "Blog"

Several families are shown doting on their infants in this celebration of the youngest family members. The rhyming text is well done, using some distinctive Jewish references in about half of the examples: 'You're the kick in my hora. You're the potato in my knish.' Overall, this is relatable for most families and offers some information on Jewish culture that will be of interest. -- BayViews

-- "Journal"