Shani's Shoebox (ePub)
“Summer holidays are drawing near,
so write your requests and put them in here.”
Aba wrote ‘Africa’, Shani chose ‘Mars,’
Gal drew pink ponies and pink candy bars!
Ima counted the votes and they went to the beach,
While the box was left on a shelf out of reach.
A clever and original story of a young girl, Shani, who uses an old shoebox for different Jewish festivals throughout the year.
Starting with new shoes for Rosh Hashana, Shani uses the box for Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Lag Ba’Omer, Shavuot - until she gets new shoes on Rosh Hashana again.
A beautiful, gentle story for 4-8 year olds.
Featured under 'Beat the Covid-19 blues’ readingJewish Renaissance, April 2020
I thought that the images in this book were great!Donnas Book Blog
The story is lovely, I liked how it told the story of the seasons and celebrations too though the box. It shows how the box has many uses for many people and things – it is a really clever way to tell the story and I found it to be quite unique in its approach.
I liked the way the book rhymed, it was easy to read and follow too which was an added treat and certainly added to our enjoyment.
I read it with my daughter and she really enjoyed it and it is definitely one that we will be reading together again – I thought it was very well done and as a parent it is one that I very highly recommend – 5 stars from me!!
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Such a fun read. And a great introduction into Jewish holidays. Our family thoroughly enjoyed this fun and beautifully illustrated book!GoodReads, Anna Redding
The many uses for a shoe box after the shoes have vacated. Often discarded and evenly repurposed, the box enjoys many Jewish holidays in various uses. Loved the bright, cheerful illustrations.GoodReads, Cheryl
A wonderful and beautiful book. A tremendous story about building memories. This book warmed my heart and the illustrations are simply stunning.GoodReads, Amanda Williams
As featured byJewish Telegraph, 15th June 2018