A Dozen Daisies for Raizy

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Raizy is so excited to be heading home for Shavuos after buying a dozen daisies in honor of yom tov. Then she meets a sad little girl, a lonely old woman, and a busy young mother who need help.

On her own, Raizy understands that Ahavas Yisroel is the best way to get ready for Shavuos, since all Jews stood as one to receive the Torah.

Children and parents will enjoy counting daisies -- and mitzvos -- as Raizy uses her precious flowers to cheer up friends and neighbors. Many of the customs and observances of Shavuos are part of the story, and others are included in the back of the book in a special note to readers.

Soft watercolor artwork enhances this beautiful Shavuos tale.

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About the Author:

Rebecca Klempner is a homemaker, author, and former teacher. A Dozen Daisies for Raizy was inspired by her day-school students. Her work has appeared in many Jewish publications, including Mishpacha Junior, Aim!, Binah BeTween, Binyan, and Hamodia. Born in Baltimore, she now lives with her husband and children in Los Angeles.

About the illustrator;
Chava Levin received her BFA from Paier College of Art and works predominantly with watercolor and oils. She enjoys giving art lessons, teaching Hebrew school, and making funny postcards to send to homesick siblings at sleepaway camp. In 2008 she received two first place awards for her political, comic illustrations regarding the upcoming presidential elections and likes making people smile when they see her paintings. A Dozen Daisies for Raizy is Chava's first illustrated children's book.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2—Raizy is on her way home with a beautiful bouquet of daisies that she purchased in honor of Shavuot. She invites Naomi, a new classmate, to spend the holiday with her family and gives the girl two of her flowers. Raizy also invites elderly Mrs. Schwartz, who had planned to be alone, and gives her two daisies. Then the child offers to help a neighbor with her twin babies so that she can enjoy the worship service in the synagogue. When she finally arrives home, her bouquet is much smaller. However, her grandmother reminds her that because of all of the mitzvos (good deeds) she performed, "It's half as big as it started out, but it's twice as beautiful." An author's note points out that both Ashkenazic and Sephardic characters are featured in the story, each using a slightly different holiday greeting. A detailed endnote provides additional information about the holiday, and a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms is appended. The color illustrations are stiff and flat. While picture books about this holiday are scarce, the obvious, didactic message and plodding plot will limit the book's appeal to those within the observant Jewish community. Barbara Diamond Goldin's A Mountain of Blintzes (Harcourt, 2001) is a more appealing and accessible story for Shavuot.—Rachel Kamin, Des Plaines Public Library, IL
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