Part of a series in which the author attempts to present parts of the Bible in a simple, non-threatening form for young people, this book offers the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz told in the form of rhyme. While the rhyming lines are not always in rhythmically perfect cadence, the concept is interesting and it provides an opening for learning about the story in an accessible manner. The story of Ruth, read in the synagogue on the holiday of Shavuot, is a beautiful story of love, faithfulness and devotion and is filled with ties to the land of Israel. Any device for sparking interest in this wonderful story and in the fascinating characters it introduces can only be positive and helpful. Children ages 8 and up will connect to the fact that Ruth was a progenitor of the renowned King David and will, perhaps, be inspired for further learning.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.