Review: Sheep Says Shalom

Sheep Says Shalom

written & illustrated by Ann Diament Koffsky

Green Bean Books, 2023

Category: Picture Books
Reviewer: Claire Freeland

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Set on a farm, this sweet board book introduces young listeners to three meanings of the Hebrew word, "shalom": hello, goodbye, and peace. A sheep greets each farm animal in the morning with a friendly "shalom" and receives the appropriate animal sound coupled with "shalom" in response. At the end of the day, each animal initiates a "shalom" and sheep responds in kind. Finally, sheep demonstrates a third meaning, peace, with a restful sleep. Children will enjoy hearing the familiar animal sounds now coupled with perhaps something new, the word "shalom," used in context. The bright, inviting illustrations are sure to delight the littles. The fold-out format is perfect for tummy time.

The Jewish representation consists of using the Hebrew word, "shalom," in different ways. Anyone can understand this brief language lesson and better appreciate how Jews and other Hebrew speakers use this ubiquitous word. 

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Reviewer Claire Freeland is a Baltimore, Maryland based children's book writer. She has co-authored seven books, published by Magination Press, that guide children and teens in new ways of thinking about feelings and behaviors, and introduce the science of psychology. Her current work focuses on Jewish-themed board and picture books.