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Lights in the Night (Hardback)

Colour Books Children's Books

By Chris Barash, Illustrations by Maya Shleifer
Imprint: Green Bean Books
Pages: 8
Illustrations: 50 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781784386603
Published: 30th November 2021

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In this charming picture book for young children, the magic of Shabbat is celebrated through light.

As the sun goes down on a Friday evening and darkness descends, different sources of light welcome in the Sabbath: candles, lanterns, the moon and stars, fireflies, nightlights and then the next morning, the sunrise.

Told in gently rhythmic rhyming couplets and beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an enchanting exploration of light and dark, and a journey through the various rituals and delights of Shabbat.

This is still very charming – a really lovely verse to convey it all, a Jewish family bearing no typical stereotyping, and more all make for a completely charming portrayal of what the Shabbat means. And if the production pulls off the intended effect, this would be a five star volume for the right educational purposes.

NetGalley, John Lloyd

This is a simply charming book with illustrations that will enchant readers and listeners. An ideal book to discuss and share the rituals of Shabbat told through beautiful rhyming language that pulls the reader into the pictures. The imagery brings the warmth of the light to the reader and adds to the meaning of the book. An ideal book for Ks 1 and teachers and one that I would recommend.

NetGalley, Stephen Richard

About Chris Barash

Chris Barash works for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is a former Jewish day school teacher and principal. She is the author of more than a dozen books for children, including a series of Jewish holiday books.


About Maya Shleifer

Maya Shleifer is a multidisciplinary illustrator and designer.  Born in the former USSR, she immigrated to Israel at the age of 16. After completing her studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, she worked as a designer and art director for various publications. She soon began showcasing her own editorial illustrations, and at about the same time, she started work on her first children’s books. Today her titles have wide recognition in Israel, and are exhibited in the country’s major museums.

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