Books by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

REGINA PERSISTED by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Evocative, inspiring, and uplifting. (author's note, note to readers, photograph) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Regina Jonas was determined to become a rabbi, but she faced nearly insurmountable opposition. Read full book review >
WHEN GOD GAVE US WORDS by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"The gift of language becomes relevant and real in this original tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When God gives language to people, the angels strongly object, convinced "people will not know what to do with words." Read full book review >
THE MARVELOUS MUSTARD SEED by Amy-Jill Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2018

"An enigmatic parable that fails to bloom. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
Co-authors Levine (New Testament and Jewish Studies/ Vanderbilt Univ.) and Sasso, a rabbi, turn their accumulated theological training to adapting a biblical parable of Jesus into a picture book. Read full book review >
WHO COUNTS? by Amy-Jill Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2017

"An unusual and creative interpretation of the three parables, offering the satisfying conclusion that each person (or sheep or coin) matters and should be counted. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
Three parables of Jesus from the Christian Bible are retold with modern-day settings and characters. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2012

"A thought-provoking and satisfying pourquoi tale plumbing an element of Jewish life many children may not have considered. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
An old story of compromise helps a little girl understand the reasoning behind the slanted placement of a doorpost mezuzah. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Color washes, scratchboard techniques, and diagonal designs capture the motion of trees in the wind, and the whirling of the waters of the flood. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this original story, based on ``ancient texts,'' the day before the flood finds Noah gathering two of each animal, while God has exhorted Noah's wife, Naamah, to gather seeds from every flower and tree: ``Work quickly. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Andersen's painted portrait figures are done in warm tones against mixed color blue and purple backgrounds enclosed, along with several text pages, in wide, pale frames. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Sasso (God's Paintbrush, 1992, etc.) gives women more presence in the Old Testament by fleshing out fragmentary references to Lilith, Serach, Meroe (later known as Bityah), and the five daughters of Zelophehad. Read full book review >
IN GOD'S NAME by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Stone's illustrations are fine and uplifting. (Religion/Picture book. 5-10)"
Rabbi Sasso (God's Paintbrush, not reviewed) is a woman with a mission: She wants to show that a singular God is universal, despite cultural variations of God's identity. Read full book review >