A child who attends synagogue with his/her parents or travels to Israel may hear the congregation say, “Kol HaKavod,” but not know what the Hebrew expression means. This rhyming picture book explains the phrase using scenarios that a youngster can relate to, along with sweet, helpful, colorful illustrations.
The book begins by defining each Hebrew word. Kol means, “everything. It’s all. It’s whole.” While kavod translates to, “…gee! It’s wow. It’s honor, respect. It’s whoa, holy cow.” The next page defines the two words together, putting them into a phrase that literally means “all respect” and denotes honor. The remainder of the book illustrates, in both words and pictures, examples from a child’s life which merit a shout out of “Kol HaKavod.”
The good deeds mentioned include everything from giving up a seat on the subway, to helping a pregnant woman, feeding a pet, recycling, or putting money in the tzedekah (charity) box. They also illustrate showing kindness to classmates, like asking “someone new, who’s sitting alone, to color with you,” as well as helping around the house by cleaning up without disturbing a sleeping mother.
Each relatable example is accompanied by a cartoon illustration with a diverse cast of children and adults in many shapes, sizes, colors, and ages, and includes one picture of a child in a wheelchair.
Author Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh and illustrator Sarah-Jayne Mercer relay the importance of kind actions, no matter how small, through simple language and engaging illustrations, which capture the attention of young children. Parents, grandparents, babysitters, older siblings, teachers, and other caring adults, will also enjoy reading this book aloud with its onomatopoeia, alliteration and rhyming couplets that tickle the tongue.