KADDISH FOR GRANDPA IN JESUS’ NAME AMEN by James Howe

KADDISH FOR GRANDPA IN JESUS’ NAME AMEN

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Children of interfaith couples are exposed to religious issues even when one religion is chosen for the family. Howe sensitively portrays the passing of a little Jewish girl’s Christian grandfather’s with a gentle, logical rendition of customs and observances from both sides. In her own voice, Emily describes the loving relationship she had with her grandpa, how he sang songs to her at two and read to her at four. She’s unaware of religious differences until Mommy explains Daddy’s choice to be Jewish. His Christian family will remember Grandpa with a church funeral and later, Emily’s family will hold a Jewish service reciting Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. Emily’s young perspective reflects the ambiguity of prayer, hearing new ones—“in Jesus’ name amen”; recognizing Hebrew as a reminder of her synagogue attendance; and understanding vaguely the symbolization of death with a keepsake of grandpa’s eyeglass case. Soft watercolors in muted tones depict both families in a loving and emotional environment. While some may consider the phrase with both “Kaddish” and “Jesus” unconventional, this is a unique and necessary addition for libraries serving both communities. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-80185-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2004




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