On Friday Afternoon

A Shabbat Celebration

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Pub Date 30 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2024

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Friday afternoon turns into a rambunctious adventure, filled with mitzvot and mayhem, as Leelee and Pickles help their family prepare for Shabbat.

There's only three hours until Shabbat, and there's still a lot to be done! But Friday afternoon's plans of cleaning the house and collecting donations go sideways with Leelee and her dog, Pickles, at the helm. With so much  to do - and so many distractions - will the family be ready in time for candle lighting?

A rhythmic, silly, and heartwarming glimpse inside a Jewish home as they prepare for Shabbat.
Friday afternoon turns into a rambunctious adventure, filled with mitzvot and mayhem, as Leelee and Pickles help their family prepare for Shabbat.

There's only three hours until Shabbat, and there's...

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Wow I didn't love all the mischief in the beginning of this book. But I liked how Leelee tried to help clean up for Shabbat and helped bring in everyone for dinner and candle lighting.

Lovely illustrations.

Thanks NetGalley for this ARC.

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I loved this little book about what goes on Fridays in Jewish homes! The illustrations make you feel like you are in the house! You get excited for everything that comes next! This would be a great read aloud book in the classroom while talking about different religions. I liked how there is an Authors note that tells you all you need to know about the Jewish tradition.

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**Thank you to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Leelee's family is Jewish, and this story follows them as they prepare for Shabbat dinner. This includes cooking, cleaning, bathing, and participating in tzedakah, which is charity. A great book about tradition, faith, and family.

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A fun and joyful pre-Shabbat romp as Leelee and Pickles (the dog) "help" Mom and Dad get everything ready. Children who observe Shabbat will appreciate all of the details. For those who don't, there is an author's note at the end. Recommended for preK & up.

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I absolutely enjoy reading this book! The concept of Shabbat and mitzvah have been explained/shown very well in this well illustrated seemingly chaotic yet loving characters!

The kids are helping their parents in their own ways and it’s such a delight to see this in books!

Thank you, Charlesbridge, for the advance reading copy.

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This was an entertaining story about Shabbat. From a non-Jewish family reading this, there was enough information to understand the celebration. Definitely worth adding to a collection.

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The family is getting ready for Shabbat and there is much to be done before the candles are lit! Everyone has tasks (even the dog!) and some things go awry but turn out well. When it's almost time, a little parade is organized, and EVERYONE gets to pray and enjoy their special meal.
At the end there is an explanation page of examples of what a Mitzvah means to Jews.
The illustrations by Menahem Halberstadt are fun, complex, colorful, and delightful.
Well suited for reading WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to anyone, but especially to a school or your local public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Charlesbridge via NetGalley. Thank you!

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On Friday Afternoon is a lovely children’s story about Shabbat, effective for both Jewish and non-Jewish readers. I enjoyed learning more about traditions through mess-making and cleaning up and especially liked seeing how the community was invited to celebrate with the family. The final page had a breakdown of mitzvahs that was accessible and helpful for grownups to help children with further understanding.

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On Friday Afternoon
by Michal Babay

The activities of a young girl on Shabbat from sneaking snacks, finding lost things, getting the whole neighborhood involved. A good book that shows the relatable religious practices and the ideas of Jewish heritage that can be seen as common and understood. Its a good resource for classrooms to allow students to understand religious and cultural practices they may not have had exposure to.

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A relatively diverse Jewish family and community celebrating a weekly occurrence--this is a worthwhile addition to a collection. For a non-Jewish reader, there is also sufficient information to understand the sequence of events are their significance.

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