Moti the Mitz­vah Mouse

Vivian New­man; Inga Knopp-Kilpert, illus.
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By – June 22, 2017

Moti is very busy doing mitz­vahs around the house. He does these anony­mous­ly. For exam­ple, he cleans up the crumbs from the floor and then gives them to the birds. He also active­ly involves the chil­dren by ask­ing them to count the birds or tell the name of the toy they returned to the cat. 

In the final pages, more abstract mitz­vahs such as hon­or­ing elders” or com­fort­ing the sick” are men­tioned. Although each is accom­pa­nied by a pic­ture, the read­er will need to explain the con­cepts in his or her own words. The book is filled with col­or­ful pic­tures in a car­toon for­mat. Lit­tle ones will be delight­ed by this sweet book while learn­ing about how to con­duct them­selves properly.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 to 5.

Marge Kaplan is a retired Eng­lish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage teacher. She is a con­sul­tant for the children’s lit­er­a­ture group for the Roseville, MN school sys­tem and is a sto­ry­teller of Jew­ish tales.

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