Koala Challah

Illustrated by Maria Mola

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Lila wants a special job to get ready for Shabbat, just like her big sisters Rachel and Naomi. But every time Lila tries to help, she ends up making a gigantic mess. Can Lila find the perfect way to help her family?

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"Warm-spirited family holiday togetherness." -Kirkus

"Gehl sensitively and subtly taps into children’s need to feel capable and appreciated, while reinforcing the importance of grit and high personal standards...Lila’s steely determination to prove she can make a contribution shines through her adorable, furry expressions." -Publisher's Weekly

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Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick or Treating

Illustrated by Joyce Wan

Peep can't wait to go trick or treating with Egg.  But Egg is not trick or treating.  No way, no how.  Monsters, witches, mummies...it is way too scary out there!

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Reviews:

"What’s the only thing more adorable than a Joyce Wan character? A Joyce Wan character in a Halloween costume....It’s a familiar story of opening oneself up to new experiences, but Gehl’s lighthearted dialogue and Wan’s chunky, emotive graphics keep it feeling fresh." –Publishers Weekly

“Bold colors, thick lines, and strategic use of white space and panels enhance this preschool-friendly tale about overcoming fears (and receiving candy).” –Horn Book

"Goes down easily for those youngsters who are similarly frightened, and Peep’s corny jokes should be added to every repertoire." –Kirkus

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Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching

Illustrated by Joyce Wan

Peep can't wait for Egg to hatch.  But Egg is not hatching.  No way, no how. 

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Click here to download your free Peep and Egg activity kit! 

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Reviews:

"Delightful and right on target." -Kirkus

"Gehl’s use of hatching as a metaphor is a brilliant choice for the story, particularly for little ones feeling shy themselves. Her short sentences, along with the predictable plot and repeated refrain, make this a great read-aloud, particularly in concert with Wan’s bold, eye-catching, large-format artwork. Kids will get a kick out of Peep and Egg’s hilarious antics, and adults will be grateful for the breezy introduction to conversations about fears." -Booklist

"Charmingly illustrated by Wan with bold strokes and spot-on facial expressions, this picture book is delightful. Gehl has created an appealing duo with the enthusiastic Peep and the lovably neurotic Egg. The constant refrain of “I’m not hatching” will be a winner at storytime. VERDICT: A clever way to demonstrate overcoming one’s fears." -School Library Journal

"Gehl’s just-enough text delivers a spot-on channeling of a coaxing parent and oppositional child, while Wan blends expressive emoji-like characters (even unhatched, Egg has a vividly cranky personality) with ingeniously geometric settings." -Publishers Weekly

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One Big Pair of Underwear

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

                      

                      

Two bears + three yaks + twenty pigs = not enough underwear...or anything else...to go around.

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Reviews

"With a unique method of introducing subtraction, this wholly engaging title will be requested over and over again." -Booklist (starred review)

"A picture book to count on for delightful shared reading." -Kirkus

"This amusing tale of sharing eschews the preachy and relies on nonsense to get readers giggling." -Publisher's Weekly

"Take one counting book, mix it with a comical tale of underwear-sharing, add some tongue-twisting rhymes, and soon there will be uncontrollable laughter." - Horn Book

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And Then Another Sheep Turned Up

Illustrated by Amy Adele

Kar Ben Publishing (Lerner)

This year, it will just be Mama, Papa, Hannah, and Noah for the Passover seder, with no extra guests.  Until Hannah hears a knock at the door...and another...and another....

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The Haggadah declares, “Let all who are hungry come and eat,” and the Sheep family takes that admonition to heart. Each time Mama, Papa, Hannah, and little Noah try to get on with their seder, relatives keep showing up: “Uncle Sol came in his jeep,/ kissed the kids and hugged the rest./ ‘Can you fit another sheep?/ Seder here is always best.’ ” No one is turned away: in what becomes the book’s refrain, Mama adds a place setting, Papa finds more seating, Hannah squeezes over “to make more space,” and Noah’s chances of staying awake until the end of seder get slimmer....But their affection for one another is evident: just as the Sheeps never run out of food despite the growing guest list, they likewise possess an endless supply of hugs and smiles. -Publishers Weekly

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Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel

Illustrated by Sarah Goodreau

Kar Ben Publishing (Lerner)

Hare is sooo much faster than his best friend Tortoise.  And he is ready to prove it, in a race all the way from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea. 

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Reviews

Gehl uses the framework of Aesop’s well-known fable to give readers a brief overview of some of Israel’s cultural and topographical highlights. After visiting the beach, the opera, and museums, Hare and Tortoise stage a race to the Dead Sea. While Hare dashes ahead, Tortoise takes time to say shalom to passersby. “Want to share my falafel?” he asks Hare innocently, after catching up to him midway through the race. Working in a milky, muted palette, Goudreau’s crisply defined illustrations successfully capture Israel’s urban bustle, geographic diversity, and leisure attractions, including the friends’ dip in the Dead Sea afterward. “Slow and steady might win the race,” Tortoise admits, “but I’m hot and sore, too.” -Publishers Weekly

In this picture book, the title characters are friends who live in Tel Aviv, and they’re racing each other to the Dead Sea. Hare keeps getting distracted by the local sights. He stops by the shuk to buy dried apricots. He sits down in an oasis to enjoy tea and baklava. Readers will sympathize. Every page is full of so many wonderful distractions.... -Kirkus

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