Sunday, June 7, 2015

Book Review: Mazel Tov! It's a Girl: Mazel Tov! It's a Boy by Jamie Korngold, Photos by Jeff Finkelstein

Mazel Tov! It's a Boy/Mazel Tov! It's a Girl (Hardcover)*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

This is an interesting flip book for children! One story is about a young girl welcoming and getting used to being a sister to a baby brother, and the other to a baby sister. Two different Jewish ceremonies are described, a bris, or brit milah for a boy, and a brit bat or simchat bat for a girl. Children will learn that Jewish boy and girl babies are given both a Hebrew and an English name during the ceremonies. Although the boy's ceremony happens eight days after birth, for the families that celebrate a girl's birth, the ceremony is typically held about a few months after she is born. Both ceremonies take place at a synagogue or at home. These ceremonies are very important and family and friends usually come to them.

I liked hearing the young girl's anticipation before her brother and sister were born and the happiness after they were born. She describes something about each one of them in how they are different from her. Some similarities and differences in welcoming a baby brother versus a baby sister might become evident to children through this story. I loved the closing picture that worked with both stories. To me, that was an interesting ending!

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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