book review

The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

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This week is the festival of lights for the Jewish faith called Hanukkah.

Today we’re going to celebrate by reading a collection of stories from Barefoot Books called Jewish Tales.

Jewish Tales

These are stories for sharing and tales to read together. Gathered from around the world, from different times and places, these stories explore questions that all of us have such as: Why do bad things happen to good people? Is it more important to be kind or to be clever? Is truth the highest value ? What happens after we die?

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This is a precious jewel of book which transmits values to our children. Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand masterfully shares these values in the treasury of stories she has created. Each of the eight beautifully illustrated stories holds a moral lesson which is rooted in the Jewish faith and culture. I greatly appreciate the way they are presented. Each story leaves the door open for in-depth discussions. Another added bonus are the two CD’s of the stories which are read by actress Debra Messing. They’re especially great for car rides. In the back of the book is a well created resource section which explains the signs and symbols of the Jewish faith so those of us who aren’t Jewish can easily follow along.


This book is great for ages 6 and up. It would make a great Hanukkah gift as well as a great family read any time of the year.


I wish everyone who is celebrating a very Happy Hanukkah !!!!!


To grab your copy of Jewish Tales or view other amazing multicultural books from

Barefoot Books, go HERE.

Something To Do

Sometimes crafts don’t have to be complex to be beautiful and enjoyable. Check out this lovely Masking Tape Menorah Craft from Pleasantest Thing

Menorah Craft


I also adore this Eight Nights of Chanukah Hanukkah activity from DesignMegillah.

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