Sunday, November 11, 2012

Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin - PUBLIC

Sinykin, Sheri and Kristina Swarner Zayde Comes to Live. 32 pgs. Peachtree Publishers, 2012. $16.95. PICTURE BOOK.

When Rachel's grandpa comes to live with her family, she quickly figures out that he's dying. What she can't figure out is what will happen to him when he is gone. She asks her friends and her rabbi, but ultimately finds peace when she discusses the issue with Zayde himself. She decides to simply cherish his last days with her and trust that it will all work out.

This book covers a very sensitive subject in a loving and ultimately uplifting way. While the author shows death and dying from a distinctly Jewish perspective, she also briefly addresses Christian and Muslin beliefs. Would be a good jumping-off point for discussions about what happens when people die. May also provide comfort to children who have recently lost a grandparent or other loved-one. Because of the strong religious overtones, this book would work best in very diverse collections or in a public library.

EL - PUBLIC ONLY. Reviewed by: Caryn.

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