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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: 3rd 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.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This might be a great book to have, with the glow-in-the-dark pages. But since I received the advanced reader copy, I enjoy this without that part, and it is good already. The simple story of Shabbat for kids, where light plays important role here. Although the book doesn't tell us about the special day, it does point out fun kids can have, mostly at night.

NetGalley, Jo Clairefontaine

A simple rhyming picture book with beautiful illustrations. A story about the festival of lights. It portrays of what the Shabbat means. A very easy reading for learning a culture and traditions of a different religion.

NetGalley, Ema Asmadi

Lights in the night is a beautiful rhyming picture book to celebrate the magic and celebration of the Shabbath. I love reading books about other cultures, traditions and religious and this book was delightful to read.
The book gently explains how light welcomes in the Shabbath by using different forms such as candles, the moon, stars and lanterns.
The illustrations are beautiful and I found this book an enchanting and captivating read.

NetGalley, Natalie Horman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It’s always nice to have books that explore different religions or cultures - often though they can feel forced. This is far from forced - A gently flowing story about the lights that welcome in the Shabbat. Full of peace and tranquillity, accompanied by illustrations that embrace family and hope.

This book left me with a feeling of calm after I read it.

I look forward to being able to share this with the children I work with.

NetGalley, Victoria Davies

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The artwork is beautiful. The focus on contrasting light and dark is gorgeous. A very easy to digest look at Shabbat and is a great way to introduce children to the traditions of a different religion and a great way to talk about Shabbat with those familiar with it already!

NetGalley, Sara Scott

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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