Title: Torah Tigers
Author: Dr. Miriam Adahan
Illustrations: Menachem Halberstadt
Mix Dr. Seuss-type rhymes with a healthful dose of Torah values and you get two terrific things: the first being Dr. Miriam Adahan’s departure from her usually adult reading fare. The second is an effective tool for teachers, therapists and rabbanim faced with community members who just don’t “get it” about how to behave as menschlich parents.
It’s a good book for any family to have around the house. The lessons in Torah Tigers come from Avot 5:20 (“Be bold as a tiger, light as an eagle, swift as a deer and strong as a lion to do Hashem’s will”) and insight about the “Victory” method of instilling good values in children.
Those lessons are about promoting self-discipline plus creating and celebrating victories for conquering bad tempers and unpleasant behavior.
Kids, don’t let the adults in your life know that this reviewer wants you to place copies of the book in the family room, at the school library and in the counselor’s office.
Want your parents to catch you doing things correctly instead of hollering about some mistake you made? Make sure they read this book and discuss it with you. You and I know that parents talk too much about how we do things “wrong” or in ways that they don’t want stuff done. Torah Tigers can teach everybody in the adult world about how to celebrate everyday victories when children do things the smart way, the Torah way, and even in the most sensible way.
Mad at your dad for yelling about nothing again? Miffed at Mom for picking on you or one of your family members about something that only she thinks is important? Furious with a brother or sister who ruined one of your projects?
Life can become nicer for everybody in the family when everyone learns how to be Torah tigers together.Yocheved Golani