Mus­sia of Morocco

Ella Ver­zov and Chana Oirechman
  • Review
By – July 14, 2017

Two more addi­tions to the Young Lamp­lighters series, fea­tur­ing chil­dren of Chabad Lubav­itch shluchim post­ed world-wide to bring Jew­ish ser­vices to all cor­ners of the globe, have been released.

Mus­sia lives in Moroc­co and describes her life there in col­or­ful and appeal­ing terms. She tells of don­keys and horse-drawn car­riages shar­ing the roads with fast-mov­ing cars. She describes the rela­tion­ship of her com­mu­ni­ty with Moroc­co’s king and describes pic­turesque sights such as goats climb­ing trees to graze. Water ped­dlers, col­or­ful cos­tumes, mar­ket ven­dors, as well as moun­tains and bridges are described in ways to pique the inter­est of a young reader. 

Shaina, who lives in Nor­way, describes her life in Oslo and focus­es on points of inter­ests such as day­light last­ing past mid­night in the sum­mer but last­ing only very briefly in the win­ter and she tells the read­er how this affects the obser­vance of Shab­bat. She describes fjords and snowy moun­tains and dis­cuss­es sig­nif­i­cant sports such as ski­ing and skat­ing. Shaina also describes the roy­al palace and oth­er beau­ti­ful sites in and around the city.

Both girls tell in detail about Jew­ish life in their respec­tive cities, the kinds of edu­ca­tion each receives, the spe­cial foods they eat, and how their fam­i­lies cel­e­brate Shab­bat and hol­i­days. Both books are filled with beau­ti­ful col­or pho­tographs which give the read­er an excel­lent feel for the lives being described in the text. Both books have addi­tion­al mate­r­i­al of inter­est as back mat­ter such as Fas­ci­nat­ing Facts”, a recipe or craft, and a list of for­eign phrases. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 7 to 12.

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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.

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