Adam & Eve's First Sunset: God's New Day

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Jewish Lights Publishing
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9.42 X 0.38 X 12.16 inches | 1.02 pounds

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About the Author

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a parent, spiritual leader and storyteller, is the award-winning author of God's Paintbrush, In God's Name, God In Between and many other inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband, Dennis, were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation--Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. They have two children, David and Debora, and three grandchildren. Sasso, who holds a doctorate in ministry, is active in the interfaith community, and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children
  • Tell Me a Story: Reading the Bible and the Religious Imagination of Children
  • Filling in the Blanks: How Women Read the Bible
  • Women and Judaism: A Personal Journey
  • Midrash as a Tool for Spiritual Reflection

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Joani Keller Rothenberg is illustrator of Adam and Eve's First Sunset: God's New Day and other children's books. She earned a master's degree in art therapy from Leslie College and works extensively with children as an art therapist and as a muralist. She has four children and lives in Indianapolis.


With the gift of a word-wise storyteller Sandy Sasso creates a tale able to inspire children as well as adults. The language is simple, but beautiful as she describes how the sun slipped away from Adam and Eve on their first day on earth. Both try to comfort and keep the sun in the sky only to find that their ideas are not heeded. Their worry is apparent as they find themselves in the dark. Fortunately Adama and Eve discover how to make fire that night. In the moming the sun rises again, thrilling the two. Wild vivid illustrations planted on bright backgrounds pepper the pages. Borders frame anda dd highlights to the pictures. Whether for the story or the illustrations, readers and listeners will want to sweep through this book again and again. The entire package comes from a publisher presenting "multicultural, nondenominational, nonsectarian literature endorsed by Protestant, Catholic and Jewish religious leaders."

--Nancy Garhan Atteberry "Children's Literature "

Adam and Eve's First Sunset by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso; illustrations by Joani Keller Rothenberg (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003) Adam and Eve are far from bold as they approach the end of their first day and the setting sun. They bluster, cajole, argue and pray, but they can't bring back the sun. However, God gives them fire to keep them through the night. Sasso writes the finest books of faith for children (including In God's Name, But God Remembered, and God's Paintbrush) and this is another one, especially for those children who might be afraid of the dark.

--Lutheran Woman Today Magazine