Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: It's a Mitzvah, Grover by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer, Illustrated by Tom Leigh

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Grover and his friends from Rechov Sumsum (an Israeli co-production of Sesame Street) come together to help out with tikkun olam (doing good deeds to help make the world a better place). A storm has gone through the playground and they come together to clean it up, which includes picking up debris and trash. They also have fun picking out what colors they want to paint the playground with and making new colors they can use by mixing some of those same colors together. There are examples described and illustrated throughout the story about how Grover and his friends each have done something to make the world a better place. 

This children’s book promoted for children ages 2-6 showed that anybody can help make the better place, and that even if the project is big it can be taken on by a group of people and finished much quicker. A group project can also be looked at as working individually within a group if people are given different parts of the project to complete. Doing good deeds such as described in this book can rub off onto people who wouldn’t normally want to participate in tikkun olam also. We may get dirty on the outside in the process of completing the acts of mitzvah but our hearts might often might feel cleaner when we are finished. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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