The King in the Field

Dina Rosen­feld; Jes­si­ca Schiff­man, illus.
  • Review
By – January 19, 2012
Dina Rosen­feld has writ­ten many oth­er children’s books and is the edi­tor-in-chief of Hachai Pub­lish­ing. She has based this book, nom­i­nal­ly deal­ing with the month of Elul, on a para­ble of the Ba’al HaTanya. The sto­ry is about a shoe­mak­er, a bak­er, a black­smith, and a tai­lor, who heard about a farmer’s vis­it to see the king. The shoe­mak­er, the bak­er, the black­smith, and the tai­lor then con­sid­er how they would ask the king to help them with their busi­ness­es if they got the chance. When sud­den­ly the king pass­es by, they are able to ask him, but he replies that he also has a king, Hashem, and the whole world is His.… He’s out in the field with a lis­ten­ing ear… It’s the best time to ask for a won­der­ful year.” The sto­ry is told in cou­plet rhyme for no appar­ent rea­son, and this detracts from the sim­plic­i­ty of the tale. In addi­tion, the tran­si­tion between the sto­ry and the end­ing is rather jar­ring. How­ev­er, the illus­tra­tions are quite charm­ing, and it would be a plea­sure to see more work by the illus­tra­tor. For ages 4 – 6.
Bar­bara Sil­ver­man had an M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s Uni­ver­si­ty. She worked as a children’s librar­i­an at the Cor­pus Christi Pub­lic Libraries and at the Cor­pus Christi ISD before retir­ing. She worked as a vol­un­teer at the Astor Juda­ic Library of the Lawrence Fam­i­ly JCC in La Jol­la, CA. Sad­ly, Bar­bara passed away is 2012.

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