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About the Author
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts, IUPUI Arts and Humanities. She is the author of 25 acclaimed children's books. Her books have been Junior Library Guild and PJ Library selections. She has been the recipient of The Sugarman Family Children's Book Award, an Indiana Authors Award and a National Jewish Book Award. Two of her books were selected as best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly.
Sasso is active in the arts, civic and interfaith communities and has written and lectured on women and spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children. She received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude and M.A. from Temple University and a D.Min. from Christian Theological Seminary. She was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1974 and received her Doctor of Divinity after 25 years in the rabbinate. Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and her husband, Dennis C. Sasso are the first practicing rabbinical couple in world Jewish history. They are the parents of David (and Naomi), and Debora (and Brad), and grandparents of Darwin, Ari, Levi, and Raven.
Amy-Jill Levine, the author of numerous acclaimed books, is Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Emerita as well as Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt. She has cowritten many children's books with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, including A Very Big Problem, Who Is My Neighbor?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts?
Margaux Meganck, a freelance artist and children's book illustrator in Portland, Oregon, has received portfolio awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Who Counts? and The Marvelous Mustard Seed, both of which she illustrated, were named Junior Library Guild Selections. For more information, visit www.margauxmeganck.com.
An allegorical tale about a mustard seed that grows into a spreading tree rather than a mere bush. Spirituality & Practice
The authors retell and greatly expand Jesus short parable of the mustard seed, with engaging full-page color illustrations of a diverse community set in a modern city. Theres not too much text on each page, and the story builds up to its theological conclusion both beautifully and simply. Christian Century
The bright, textured, and expressive illustrations depict a diverse and multigenerational neighborhood community and beautifully complement the story. School Library Journal