web analytics
December 29, 2014 / 7 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Book Reviews


Book-Review-logo

book-yona-hanaviTitle: Rebbe Mendel Presents: In Search of Lost Treasure
Author: Nathan Sternfeld
Publisher: Feldheim

I just read an unusual book about a man named R’ Sholom Abramson. This is one of the books in the famous Rebbe Mendel series. In this book, R’ Sholom goes through a series of adventures set in Russia around the time of World War I. I’m sure that you’ll agree this is a great book to read.

Throughout the book there are many characters who help R’ Sholom during difficult times. R’ Shalom is sent to a Russian prison for hiding one of Vladimir Lenin’s men. There, R’ Shalom meets Ignatz, an irreligious Jew whom R’ Sholom saved from another prisoner. They become friends, and R’ Shalom teaches Ignatz about Judaism. Eventually they are separated and R’ Shalom gets sent to Siberia while Ignatz is released from jail. There are also a lot of children in this book, and much of the excitement surrounds them.book-yona-coloring-book

Did I mention the book has a deciphered code, a map and a treasure? If that doesn’t make you read the book, I don’t know what will.

This book is made up of many separate adventures that all end up tying together, which makes the story so unusual. Some parts have excitement and danger, some are funny, and unfortunately there are also sad parts (only a few).

I would recommend this book to children who are very adventurous and like the occasional scary, life-threatening parts.

* * * * *

Title: Fantastic Journey – In the Footsteps of Yonah HaNavi
Author: A. Bat Melech
Illustrator: R. David
Publisher: Feldheim, Telalim Publications

This story is a graphic novel about an exciting time travel trip back to the time of Yonah HaNavi. It started when two boys, Shaya and Shimi, had a question about layning Yonah on Yom Kippur and asked their grandfather what the answer was. He didn’t give them an answer, but put them in the hands of Yeshayahu, who led them through time to see miracle after miracle with Yonah HaNavi. In the end they got their answer and many more answers to questions that they could have asked.

book-rebbe-mendelTheir first trip was to Yerushalayim. They were near the Bais Hamikdash on Sukkos during the Simchas Bais Hashoeva. They overheard conversations with their “wonderscopes” (an x-ray telescope with audio capabilities!) about Yonah, both good and bad.

Soon, they see Yonah running from the Bais Hamikdash towards the shore, where a ship was about to set sail. He told the sailors that he wanted to be a sailor like them. Shortly after they departed, a storm began that only affected their ship. Yonah went to the captain and said that he was responsible for the storm. Yonah told the captain to throw him overboard and the storm would stop, which eventually the captain did.

Shaya, Shimi and Yeshayahu then watched as Yonah was swallowed by a giant fish. They saw the fish approach Livyasan, the king of all fish. Yonah’s fish then spit him out, and a different fish swallowed him. It eventually spit him out on the shore. The rest of the book describes how Yonah got the city of Ninveh to do teshuva. The kids went back home with all their questions answered and lessons about teshuva learned.

I really liked how this book told the story of Yonah through the use of time travel and x-ray telescopes. The pictures were nicely illustrated and the text easy to read and understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience the story of Yonah in a unique way.

About the Author: Shmuel Holczer is a seventh grader. He is an avid reader of interesting books. He can be reached at magazine@jewishpress.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Book Reviews”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Brandeis University junior Khadijah Lynch who tweeted she has "no sympathy" for slain NYPD officers, shown here on "Wake Up With Tayla Andre, "Dec. 24, 2014.
A War of Words (Some More Accurate Than Others) at Brandeis
Latest Sections Stories
Collecting-History-logo

An incredible child protégé and a world chess champion, Boris Spassky (1937- ), best known for his “Match of the Century” loss in Reykjavík to Fischer, will always be inexorably tied to the latter.

book-super-secret-diary

Who hasn’t experienced how hard it can be to fit in?

In our times, most of us when we pray, our minds are on something else-it is hard to focus all the time.

The participants discussed the rich Jewish-Hungarian heritage, including that two-thirds of the fourteen Hungarian Nobel Prize winners have Jewish origin.

Today’s smiles are in the merit of my friend and I made a conscious effort to smile throughout the day.

When someone with a fixed mindset has a negative interaction with a friend or loved one, he or she immediately projects that rejection onto him or herself saying: “I’m unlovable.”

How many potential shidduchim are not coming about because we, the mothers, are not allowing them to go through?

Is the Torah offering nechama by subtly hinting that death brings reunion with loved ones who preceded you?

She approached Holofernes and, with a sword concealed under her robe, severed his head.

Here are examples of games that need to be played by more than one person and an added bonus: they’re all Shabbos-friendly.

The incident was completely unforeseeable. The only term to describe the set of circumstances surrounding it is “freak occurrence.”

The first Chabad Center in Broward County, Chabad of South Broward, now runs nearly fifty programs and agencies. T

More Articles from Shmuel Holczer
Book-Review-logo

It might still be two weeks to Pesach, but is never too early to start thinking about Afikomen presents.

book-My-Kind

When the Fine family (not related to the Feiners from Alone in Africa!) move into a new neighborhood, the twin siblings named Nesanel (again, not related to Nesanel Feiner) and Nechama set out on a very important mission – finding friends to rescue them from their boredom.

Alone in Africa, by Avigail Sharer, is an original adventure story about three siblings named Nesanel, Penina and Chezky Feiner, who are, well, alone in Africa. Except they aren’t entirely alone – they have animals and two battling African tribes to keep them company.

The book Here Comes Shabbos! is about a family baking, cooking, polishing silver, shining shoes, shopping and cleaning for Shabbos. The activities begin on Friday morning and only conclude shortly before lighting the Shabbos candles. During that time span, it covers everything you need to do in order to get ready for Shabbos.

This book is very riveting. It is a comprehensive biography of the Mirrer Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, zt’l. It starts out telling us about the Mirrer Yeshiva escaping to Shanghai from Lithuania during World War II because of the invading Germans. It then describes Rabbi Finkel’s family, and then Rabbi Finkel himself. It is important for young adults to see our gedolim as role models, and Rabbi Teller’s biography provides just that. Also, Rabbi Finkel is a relatable role model, because he grew up as a typical American Jewish kid.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/book-reviews/2013/03/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: