By Amy-Jill Levine (Author), Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (Author), Denise Turu (Illustrator)
Publisher: Flyaway Books
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2020
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Acceptance is important and kids are never too young to start learning it. This is the subject in Who is My Neighbor? Written by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, this short story is a great way to start teaching children that it's okay to be friends with people different than them.
The story by Levine and Sasso is one that most kids can relate too. Whether it is making new friends at school or with the family that just moved into the neighborhood. At one point everyone is a stranger, until they make friends.
Kids will learn that it's okay to be nervous meeting someone different than them. These differences are what make each friendship unique. There could be new foods to try and experiences too.
Who is My Neighbor? is a story that teaches kids to embrace each other's differences in a way that kids of all ages can understand.
The illustrations by Denise Turu help bring the story to life and highlight the idea that anyone can be friends no matter how different they are.
"Love your neighbor as you love yourself, and love the stranger, because you know what it was like to be a stranger."
Amy-Jill Levine, the author of numerous acclaimed books, is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. The Marvelous Mustard Seed and Who Counts?, her first two children's books cowritten with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, were named Junior Library Guild Selections.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute, as well as Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Her many children's books include the classic God's Paintbrush, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts?, cowritten with Amy-Jill Levine and named Junior Library Guild selections.
Denise Turu has created illustrations for many picture books, graphic novels, and magazines and has exhibited her artwork around the world.
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