There’s a Rea­son Why!

Frei­dele Galya Soban Bini­ashvili; illus. Glen Zimmer
  • Review
By – March 24, 2017

The author uses a rhyming for­mat to tell the sto­ry of two friends, about eight years of age, and the deci­sion of one to be trust­ing of the oth­er’s strange behav­ior. He does not jump to con­clu­sions when his friend leaves him abrupt­ly that morn­ing in shul after ser­vices with­out an expla­na­tion or even a good­bye although he is not sure what the odd behav­ior means. Has he been desert­ed? Has his friend made a new friend whom he prefers? Doubts assail the boy who has been left behind, but he choos­es to have trust that there is a rea­son why.” Lat­er, though, he begins to wor­ry. Through­out the day, his friend is not in any of the places the boys usu­al­ly fre­quent. With­out get­ting angry, he con­tin­ues to wait for him in vain all day. The doubts return when he sees his friend from a dis­tance rid­ing a bike with bal­loons tied to the back. Still, he refus­es to sur­ren­der to neg­a­tive thoughts. He con­tin­ues to trust that his friend, must have had a good rea­son to act as he does. And he final­ly learns that there is a delight­ful­ly hap­py rea­son for his friend’s behav­ior and they are able to rejoice together.

As the text and exag­ger­at­ed facial illus­tra­tions show, it is best to remem­ber the prin­ci­ple of Dan L’kaf Zechus,” trust­ing that there is a rea­son why” instead of get­ting all steamed up. This sweet sto­ry is illus­trat­ed with col­or­ful com­ic-book type illus­tra­tions, which are well done. But why does this book need to have the same coat­ed for­mat as the lam­i­nat­ed pages of books for tots and tod­dlers? These read­ers are long out of their high­chairs. And is the rhyming for­mat still appeal­ing to old­er read­ers? Nev­er­the­less, the book speaks to the read­er and presents its les­son appeal­ing­ly and well.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 6 – 8

Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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