Item description for Look What I See! Where Can I Be?: At the Synagogue (Michels, Dia L. Look What I See! Where Can I Be?, 5.) by Dia L. Michels...
Join Baby as she explores the practices and traditions of Judaism with her family.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 8.26" Height: 0.33" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 25, 2003
Publisher Platypus Media
ISBN 1930775164 ISBN13 9781930775169
Availability 0 units.
More About Dia L. Michels
Dia L. Michels is an award-winning internationally published science and parenting writer, she is the author or editor of over a dozen books for both children and adults. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, and Korean. A popular speaker, she lectures frequently at conferences, universities, libraries, and schools around the country. She teaches classes on mammal reproduction and lactation at children s and science museums around the U.S. and is a commentator for Public Radio, International. Her articles have been published in People, Parenting, Mothering, Parents, Baby Talk, Family Fun, Nurturing, and the Washington Post. She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, with her husband, Tony Gualtieri, their three children, and four cats and a dog. Andrew Barthelmes, illustrator of If My Mom Were a Platypus, and designer of I Was Born to Be a Brother and many other projects, is a New York based illustrator and graphic designer. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, his illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ladies' Home Journal, Street & Smith's Sports, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to the Platypus book, he also illustrated Herman the Loudmouth. He has been a children's book designer for Random House, Inc. and is currently creating new children's books for Reader's Digest. He lives in Peekskill, NY with his wife Barbara, and new baby, Julia."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Look What I See! Where Can I Be?: At the Synagogue (Michels, Dia L. Look What I See! Where Can I Be?, 5.)?
Look What I See Feb 8, 2007
This series entitled, "Look What I See! Where Can I Be?" which includes the previous titles that explored "the neighborhood", "the home", "my animal friends" and "visiting China", now examines "the synagogue" with mixed results. The publisher promotes the book as "exploring a week in Jewish family life", but that week constitutes a rather confused timeline for most adults familiar with Jewish rituals and traditions. The concept is one that is completely appropriate for very young children. An inquisitive toddler and her doll view items relating to Jewish rituals and then, with a turn of the page, we see her and her family photographed at the larger event. For instance, the text reads, "On Sunday, I fell asleep in my stroller. When I woke up, I saw a Kiddish cup." First we view the Kiddish cup in a clear photo, and then the toddler asks, "Where was I? By the Chuppah at a wedding." Within the wedding photo, clever toddlers will notice an apple and also the doll in his stroller. These photos and questions and answers are repeated 7 times for the days of the week and make for an appealing, structured format. However, this format does not work as well in a synagogue as it probably does for "exploring the neighborhood". Confusion abounds as we are led to believe that Rosh Hashana and Simchat Torah fall within the same week, or that apples are an integral part of every Jewish ritual. Confusion continues as the reader assumes the text to be the words of the toddler ("I fell asleep in my stroller"), but the photo then matches what the plastic doll is doing rather than the young girl. Also, the plastic doll, with a droopy, oversized blue kippah, is generally unappealing. Another issue involves the choice of photographs of both people and ritual objects. For example, the lulav is cut off, the dancers are blurry, and the "menorah" they chose to display is the stylized, artistic synagogue wall version, which is certainly not something a toddler would recognize from the home version. This book may work for some families comfortable with Reform traditions, but, in general, it needs to be revamped to appeal to its intended audience of Jewish families with small children. Reviewed by Lisa Silverman
A visual joy to page through Nov 18, 2003
The collaborative effort of author Dia L. Michels and photographer Michael J. N. Bowles, Look What I See! Where Can I Be? At The Synagogue is part of a highly recommended series of picturebooks written with the unique twist of being told from a baby's point of view. The two-page spreads alternate between a close-up segment of a photograph, and then the whole photograph which puts the intriguing close-up into context. A visual joy to page through, Look What I See! Where Can I Be? At The Synagogue uses this unique format to celebrate Jewish life, faith, and education.
A book to fill an obvious gap. Oct 30, 2003
I have recently read this children's book about the icons of Jewish Life. It is well illustrated and designed and suitable for both Jewish and non-jewish children to understand the practices and traditions of Judaism. If more books like this were to be available to all children then, perhaps, we would have more tolerance about the different religions?