Grandma J creates beautiful roses and Torahs, but all Shoshana sees when she unfolds her paper are ugly holes.Grandma J teaches her to see visions in her abstractions: fields of flowers, schools of fish, honeycombs of bees.

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In this poetic retelling, Rachel encourages Akiva to learn to read and to study Torah.

Despite her love and support, he doesn’t believe he’s capable until one day he looks into a brook and sees a rock that has been worn away by steadily dripping water. “And yet, drop by drop, it has managed to cut through this hard stone. ” Eventually, Akiva is hailed by the entire town, but he makes sure everyone knows that Rachel is a hero, too.

At first the wolf agrees to come back later, but then he fails the marshmallow test and races to Bubbe’s.

Ruthie hasn’t arrived yet, and Bubbe’s off buying -esque caftan and high-heeled red booties.

Nayberg’s sophisticated, intensely colored, theatrical illustrations enhance the lovely writing.

A costume and set designer, she brings the drama and intensity of stained-glass windows to her work.The luminous layers of color, swirls of water, striated hills in multiple greens, swoops of fabric in the characters’ robes…lovely.(Ages 3-7) by Gloria Koster, illustrated by Sue Eastland.According to tradition, he was born a humble shepherd and didn’t learn to read until he was 40, yet he became one of the greatest rabbis in history.His wife, Rachel, was supposedly the driving force behind his journey from illiterate to brilliant scholar.Truthfully, I preferred the tighter, simpler text and more creative framing device of last year’s RBG picture book, by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg.