Recent Releases! Story Solutions Vol. 4-7

November 12, 2015

C408 C409 C410 C407Validation. It’s the big buzz word floating around these days, especially in parenting classes. Children, we’re told, need to have their feelings validated. There is no such thing as a silly or inconsequential feeling, no “right” or “wrong” way to feel, and children need to be reassured of this; they need to know that we understand and respect their feelings, regardless of what we choose to actually do about them.

That’s not to say it’s easy to do this. When your child throws a tantrum because the Lego city he was working on was taken apart and put away when he left the room, chances are you’re not in the mood of validating his feelings, at least not right then. If you’re human, like me, you may even feel like telling him, “Stop making such a big deal over nothing!”

But—who said being a good parent is easy? So, you take a deep breath, mutter, “Validation. Validation,” to yourself, and then go and give your son a giant hug, telling him, “It’s hard when something we work so hard on, gets destroyed, isn’t it?”

Of course, you can always pull Why Things Come to an End off the shelf, too, and read your son a story about another little boy whose beautiful Lego palace got dismantled, and the way his mother dealt with it. After all, why re-invent the wheel and stress about how to deal with the situation, if you can use another mother’s perfectly good words of wisdom instead?

Why Things Come to an End is one of the 4 brand new children’s books in the Story Solution series. This series was written and illustrated by Esti Hess, a talented artist who is also a student of Bibliotherapy (a fancy way of saying a method that uses stories to heal hearts). The common denominator among all the books in this series is the fact that all of them (7 colorful stories in total) touch on basic childhood challenges and validate specific feelings that children often have, offering young readers a deep sense of being understood.

If you already have the first 3 Story Solutions books that were released last year, you’ll be excited to see these 4 new ones:Why Things Come to an End; My Baby Sister; When Mommy Is Tired; and The Day I Got Lost.

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New Release! The Choice is Mine: Sick at Home

November 10, 2015

C412I had a well visit scheduled for my son the other day. Now, there are some well visits that are a breeze—you go to the doctor’s office with your child, wait the requisite half hour (or hour, or more) in the crowded waiting room, get called in by the nurse, get your child measured and weighed, and then wait another half hour for the doctor to come in. When he does, he pokes and probes your little one, asks some questions, uses his stethoscope, otoscope, and some other fancy doctor tools, and then wishes you and your child well and sends you home. Your child is smiling, you’re happy—shalom al Yisrael.

Then there are the other well visits. You know the ones I’m referring to. The ones where Shots—capital S—are involved. Those are another whole ballgame. Assuming your child knows what he’s in for at this visit, the entire waiting time is spent trying to calm and reassure your teary-eyed and frightened (or, alternatively, stubborn and angry) child, telling him it’s only going to hurt for a second, that vaccinations are really  for his good, that maybe he’ll get a treat afterward, etc., etc. The actual Shot-receiving experience is a torture session in and of itself—not just for your child who’s being jabbed with a needle, but for you, too, who has to hold said child down while the nurse tries to do her job. By the time you’re finished with that well visit, suffice it to say that you are not feeling too well yourself!

Well, this well visit I had with my son did involve Shots. And boy, was I dreading the experience.

But…I had underestimated the power of jellybeans.

That was my bribe for my son, you see. And wonder of wonders, as soon as he heard what he’d get in return for being a good sport about his Shots, he magically brightened up and actually cooperated at the doctor’s office!

Wow, I thought to myself. Look at that. Even getting Shots has a bright side for a kid—and how nice that I could use that to my advantage!

A new book by Racheli David, The Choice Is Mine: Sick at Home, teaches kids this all-important lesson for life: There is a bright side in every situation; it’s just up to us to find—and focus on—that bright side! Yes, even something as dreary as being stuck in bed with strep throat comes along with a silver lining. (To find out what that silver lining might be, you’ll have to read the book…)

As they say, attitude is everything. It’s such an important lesson—one that you can’t teach a child early enough. With this phenomenal book, you can impart the message to your little ones in a fun and geshmake way!

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New Release! Tools of the Trade

November 9, 2015

C413“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Throw out the typical question to a group of kids, and watch the answers—and their imagination—fly! Fire fighter…police chief…doctor…and was that “lion tamer” I just heard, too?

Now, what if you could put a Jewish spin on this question, and, while activating your kids’ imagination and getting them to think about the different jobs they could do when they grow up, have them contemplate along a spiritual angle?

Sheitel machershochetsofer…these are some of the answers you might hear. (Sorry, I don’t know of any Jewish job that involves taming a lion just yet, though of course your child could always be the one to invent that job!) Ah—and here’s where you could listen and shep nachas about the Jewish profession chosen by your little tzaddik or tzaddekes…

That’s what Tools of the Trade, by Aviva Werner, is all about—getting kids to think out of the general box and along more of a Jewish angle when focusing on possible future jobs they might want to do. The book is fun and brightly illustrated, and sure to provide lots of entertainment and discussion with your kids, as they explore the various tools they would need for each “Jewish job.”

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New Title: Middos Man Vol. 3: Being Happy for Others

November 8, 2015

C406“Ma, look at the project I made in school!”

“Ma, I need this note signed, now!”

“Ma, Dovid took away my pencil!”

Could you tell that I just walked into the house?

If you’re a mother of young children, you’re probably smiling and nodding your head, thinking how similar things are in your home when you enter the house in the middle of the day, to face your rambunctious crew who has been, ahem, missing you like crazy while you were away. But I have to say, that day it was different. Because that day I was prepared.

I didn’t say a word to the kids. I didn’t even turn my head. All I did was whip out the new book I’d brought home with me:MiddosMan 3. And, as I expected, my kids immediately erupted in cheers. All whining and complaints forgotten, they began clamoring over the book, begging me to read it to them. And I just smiled serenely and headed to the couch, silently thanking MiddosMan for once again coming to the rescue, this time to help out an overwhelmed mother and her bored children…

The MiddosMan series is only a few years old, yet it has become so wildly popular among children, I sometimes wonder what we did before it came out. Because aside for being excellent, adorably illustrated books that teach great lessons to kids, these books also come with their own read-along CD’s, complete with music and songs. This means that you could actually leave your kids with the book, turn on the CD player so they could “read” along with each page, and then go to the kitchen to make supper!

MiddosMan 3 focuses on the middah of being happy for others—not being jealous when your sibling or friend has something that you don’t. And instead of appearing in his Middos Mobile or Middos Copter, as in Books 1 and 2, MiddosMan races to save the children from Mr. Yetzer Horah…in his Middos Boat!

My kids were glued to the book—they absolutely loved it. Buy the book for your own gang—you’ll see exactly what I mean!

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New Release: Dreams Delayed

November 5, 2015

L762You know those books that are real tear-jerkers, the ones that could move even the most indifferent of readers and turn them into a bowl of mush? Yeah, well, this novel is exactly like that.

When reading Dreams Delayed, be sure to set yourself up first with a big box of tissues—trust me, you’ll need it! Between the happy moments and the sad ones traversing the chapters, the emotion running throughout this book is buzzing and ALIVE, and you will feel it!

You’ll read about Ayala, who’s on cloud nine about her engagement to Bentzy, “the best boy in the universe”…until a terrible tragedy sends her plummeting down, down, down, straight into a black abyss, from where she watches her hopes and dreams dissipate into thin air. You’ll read about Gavi, a teenager in pain—on two accounts. And then there’s Batsheva, and Mrs. Kramer, and Shuli, and of course Shaya…and all the rest of the very realistic characters who breathe life into this masterpiece of a novel and give it its stunning and oh-so-compelling quality.

Dreams Delayed will not only provide you with lots of reading pleasure—it will actually be an experience for you, one that you will not soon forget. Enjoy!

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New Release! U Turn

October 29, 2015

L763As the autumn months slowly turn into winter, there’s nothing more tantalizing than slipping under the covers with a good book.  Teenagers, this one is for you! Told from the perspective of three very different narrators, U-turn is the mesmerizing story of true friendship and change. The all-American Margaret Miller has been blessed with a spunky and exciting personality, but when things come crashing down, so does her core self. As Margaret and her newfound best friend Shiffy deal with their issues simultaneously but individually, readers are drawn into an exciting world of intrigue and adventure, spurred on by Margaret’s kid brother Henry.

If you’re expecting a straightforward story of teenage friendship and adventure, be prepared for surprises. For one thing, Margaret’s older sister Julie is dealing with some issues of her own—which don’t always jive with a straightforward plot of friendship and growth. Julie is one of the narrators of this story, and her tale is quite the fascinating one. But then again, so is Margaret’s…and so is Shiffy’s…

Authored by popular teen author, Chaya Sara Ben Shachar, this book is a solid read. So what are you waiting for? The autumn winds? The winter snow? Pick up a copy of U-Turn, get yourself comfy, and be prepared to enter the world of three very different teens.

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New Release! The Parshah and YOU

October 13, 2015

L760Once there was a family. The husband and wife did not get along. The children were wild and misbehaved. Tension, resentment, and unhappiness hung over their Shabbos table like a black cloud.

Then the family found The Parshah and You. They began reading and learning from the book each Shabbos. Now the family is an entirely different one. The parents have wonderful shalom bayis; the children obey their parents and behave beautifully. And they all lived happily ever after…

Too good to be true? Yes, you’re right, of course. If only life were that magical and simple… But there is definitely an element of validity to this little story, and that is the fact that Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern’s book, The Parshah and You, contains priceless lessons on interpersonal relationships,shalom bayis, and chinuch—and reading and internalizing these lessons is a good way to start mending any rocky relationship. It’s also a great way to enhance an already wonderful relationship—so no matter where you stand, you have what to gain from this book!

As the book is based on the parshah, and the warm advice, stories, and divrei Torah are broken down into small increments, the material is easy to read and easy to digest. You don’t feel like you’re sitting in on a boring lecture or anything like that; to the contrary, you can’t help but be moved and inspired by Rabbi Morgenstern’s eloquent writing and the way he delivers a message.

This is a book that will be a treasured addition to every family’s Shabbos table. It belongs there, right alongside the Shabbos candles and Shabbos food.

Buy it for your family…and for yourself.

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