August Gold, spiritual director and cofounder of the Sacred Center New York (a church), has written a generic book about thanking God. Daisy, a ten-year-old, is looking for reasons to thank God. Each of Daisy’s thoughts is beautifully and colorfully illustrated on two facing pages. She thinks about all the things she loves and thanks God “for each day that I wake up and all the things I get to do.” Halperin’s appealing watercolor illustrations place Daisy in various environments showing the world and its diverse splendor. There is a small amount of text on each page and no specific religion is mentioned. The non-denominational text is appropriate for Jewish children. The realistic illustrations, which support and greatly enhance the text, do not contain any symbolism that would offend Jewish readers. For ages 3 – 7.
Ilka Gordon has a Masters in Education from Boston University and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University. She is a librarian at Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland.