Motti of Paraguay is the newest addition to the Young Lamplighter series which features Chabad Lubavitch children and their families who have been sent to countries around the world to establish centers of Jewish life and to support the needs of local communities and travelers seeking Jewish service and aid far from home.
Motti lives in Asuncion, Paraguay and he describes a life that includes taking care of chickens and collecting their eggs, watching his father butcher meat as there is no other kosher meat available, and watching his mother make her own kosher dairy products. He describes the villages and villagers surrounding him, the plants and animals he sees, and what his daily life is like including the speaking of Paraguay’s two official languages, Spanish and Guarani. Jewish life and education are described in detail as well as the activities at the Chabad house. Several pages of “fascinating facts” about Paraguay are appended as well as a craft suggestion, a Spanish vocabulary list, and a map of South America.
Like the other books in the series, this offering helps open the world to the young reader and introduces the Chabad lifestyle which is devoted to helping others. It is illustrated with colorful, appealing photographs which give a good sense of location and daily life.
Recommended for ages 7 – 12.
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.