Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
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Annotation: Describes the coming of age events for boys and girls in the Jewish faith, highlighting the history, process, ceremony and celebration.
Genre: Religion
Catalog Number: #5253762
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7787-4091-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-7787-4091-9
Dewey: 296
Language: English
ALA Booklist
After tackling everything from Eid al-Adha to Diwali to Canada Day, the tireless Celebrations in My World series at last takes on these "coming of age ceremonies for young boys and girls of the Jewish religion." Walker describes the relevancy of the event for the adolescent honorees, gives a probably too-quick summary of Judaism (Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pictured as an example), explains how the bat mitzvah ceremony for girls was added in 1922, and goes into the study required for reading Hebrew from the Torah. Design has never been the series' strong suit: type sizes battle for supremacy while "Did You Know?" sidebars ("The Talmud took almost 800 years to write") further crowd the layout. Approachability is high, though, with plenty of shots of normal-looking and often brace-faced teens celebrating their special days, and need-to-know tidbits (that Torah pointer is called a "yad"). A solid, comfy read that concludes with an especially helpful glossary ruch shepatarani, and other relevant words and phrases.
School Library Journal
Gr 1&11;3&12; It seems that little care has been given to the research, editing, or design of this book. The information is so basic as to be more confusing than informative, and very little of it is focused on the actual practice of bar or bat mitzvah. The awkward writing and errors in grammar and punctuation are reminiscent of a child's school report. The text is printed in an oversize font that implies an audience of beginning readers, but the subject matter is of more interest to preteens. The "Did you know?" pullouts include strangely random statements such as "Coming-of-age ceremonies have been practiced for thousands of years in many cultures. Some ancient traditions involved surviving in the wild." The stock photography is bland, often unattractive, and, in at least one instance, incorrectly captioned. Skip this offering and go with Bert Metter's longer but much more satisfactory Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah: The Ceremony, the Party, and How the Day Came to Be (Clarion, 2007).&12; Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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School Library Journal (9/1/12)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 2,323
Reading Level: 5.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 156334 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: NC1000L
Guided Reading Level: M

The celebration of a bar or bat mitzvah is a recognition that a young Jewish boy or girl has reached the age of responsibility. At the age of 13 for boys and 12 for girls, children take lessons to prepare for the ritual ceremony of reading from the Torah, the Jewish holy book. Readers will learn about the different ways boys and girls are prepared, as well as the traditional family celebrations that go along with the religious celebration.

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