Before We Eat
Illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Board book, Ages 1 to 4, Grades pre-K
"Bread and butter on my plate.
I'm so hungry, I can't wait."
Toddlers will enjoy this charming and colorful rhyme introducing Hamotzi, the prayer of thanks recited before meals.
Includes the prayer in Hebrew, English and transliteration.
"This charming board book containing a 'thank you prayer' will help the young preschooler become aware of and participate in family mealtime traditions. Jacqueline Jules's ability to create the perfect sing song verse is evident in this small book that introduces the Hamotzi. 'Bread and butter on my plate, / I'm so hungry, I can't wait.' This verse makes it all the more appealing to little ones. The artwork is simple, colorful and appealing." -- Feathered Quill Book Reviews, March 2010. Read the full review.
"Jacqueline Jules has a keen ability to ground her books in the imaginations and voices of young children. . . . Part of the publisher's Very First Board Book series, this should be considered for every Jewish early childhood collection." -- AJL Newsletter, February/March 2010.
"The verse can be easily memorized and used at home as well as at school. This book is highly recommended for pre-readers up to age 3." -- Jewish Book World, Fall 2010.
"Before We Eat: A Thank You Prayer is a straightforward, charming and peaceful board book that introduces the Hamotzi blessing to young children . . . ." -- Ottawa Jewish Bulletin -- May 10, 2010.