How to Be a Mensch, by A. Monster

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Apples & Honey Press
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8.3 X 11.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.93 pounds

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About the Author
Leslie Kimmelman is an award-winning author of dozens of books for children, both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Ardsley, New York.
Sachiko Yoshikawa moved to the United States from Japan to study art and illustrates children's
books with whimsical and vibrant characters. Her art has appeared in
award-winning children's books such as Beach Is to Fun and What Is
She lives in California.
The friend-liest mon-sters you ever saw inhab-it the pages
of this live-ly pic-ture book, a sto-ry that simul-ta-ne-ous-ly teach-es
young chil-dren how to be fine, upstand-ing peo-ple and offers numer-ous exam-ples
of the Yid-dish word men-sch--in the lan-guage of the book, an ​"hon-or-able"
and "kind" person.

While each mon-ster por-trays a char-ac-ter-is-tic of
a men-sch, the author reminds chil-dren that being one isn't always easy;
it can be quite a chal-lenge on many occa-sions to do the right thing, but
when you do it, you "feel ten feet tall." Chil-dren will iden-ti-fy with
these thought-ful, col-or-ful crea-tures who are each dif-fer-ent, some with
bright col-ors, each with var-i-ous num-bers of eyes and heads, but all work-ing
hard at being good and help-ful. They share with oth-ers, respect their par-ents
and teach-ers, sneeze into elbows or tis-sues, and help their fam-i-lies pre-pare
for Shabbat.

This cheery book fea-tures joy, cour-tesy, and care for oth-ers
in a fun and light-heart-ed way
. It can be used by par-ents and teach-ers
to sup-port social skills with-out pre-sent-ing even a hint of didac-tic
or heavy teaching.


In this delightful and perky picture book directed to young
readers and families, the main character and narrator, A. Monster, gives
readers direct advice for how to be a mensch. The humorous text speaks directly
to the reader.

"It's hard to believe, but some people are afraid of monsters.

It's true that monsters can look scary.

But most of us are kind and helpful.

Monsters can even be mensches!"

I love funny books! Our kids deserve to laugh--even as they grapple with
challenges of the world.

On each spread, readers will love the monster-specific examples (like not
staring, with one eye or five) as well as general concepts, like sharing and
caring and preparing for Shabbat. Yoshikawa's illustrations amp up the humor. Young readers are going to love
checking out the menschy monsters on every page.

The book ends with a question directly for young readers: "What kind of
mensch will you be?" This will certainly start conversations for families.
When it comes to our world today, what could be more important than figuring
out how to be a mensch? This may book may seem like a fun romp with
monsters, but it speaks to the responsibilities we all share without getting
didactic. Leslie Kimmelman and A. Monster are right: Even the smallest acts of
kindness can make a difference!

How To Be A Mensch is recommended for families introducing young children
to the idea of social action and repairing the world. It is a cute and funny
book with strong Jewish values