Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Review: The Patchwork Torah by Allison Ofanansky, Illustrated by Elsa Oriol

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

David’s grandfather was a sofer (a scribe). He wrote a new Torah for their synagogue because the other one was starting to fade and crack. He put that Torah away in his cabinet, hoping to find a way to repair it. David marches alongside him as he carries the Torah during Simchat Torah; it’s an honor. As the years pass, people bring them some Torahs that have been damaged and when David becomes a sofer himself his granddaughter comes up with a great idea about how to fix the damaged Torahs.

David spent time with his grandfather when he was younger and little did he know that was training in process for him to become a sofer himself one day. This shows me how time is so valuable with our loved ones, especially when they are pouring something into us that helps mold our character for the future. We never know just what will sprout from our seeds of time together, such as learning the Bible, learning different part of our parent's or other family members' jobs, planting food in the garden, helping to take care of smaller brothers, sisters, or other family members, helping mom to cook a meal, etc.

The illustrations brought me into David’s world, showing me how the story unfolded visually.

Recommended for ages 4-8/ grades Pre-K-5

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

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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