Sitting Shiva

  • Illustrated By: Michelle Theodore
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Jewish, community, grief, loss, difficult topics
  • Pub Date:05/17/2022
  • Lexile:AD560L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:O
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A little girl grieves the loss of her mother, but she can’t grieve alone.

When her friends and family arrive at her house to sit shiva, laden with cakes and stories, she refuses to come downstairs. But the laughter and memories gradually bring her into the fold, where she is comforted by her community. By the end of the book, she feels stronger and more nourished, and she understands the beautiful tradition. Then, when sees her father sitting alone, she is able to comfort him in his time of need. Sitting Shiva is a beautiful, heartfelt story about grief and loss, but also about comfort and community. It shows that no matter what religion you practice, we are all more similar than we are different.

A note from the author explains the ritual of sitting shiva, a seven-day period of mourning for the death of a family member observed in Jewish homes.

“Shows great empathy for a child’s feelings when coping with loss. That Silver does this task in a unique and emotional way that manages to convey the traditions associated with the practice of sitting Shiva is admirable. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“With its lovely, warm illustrations and perfectly pitched storyline, provides an accessible introduction to shiva for readers of all ages…A sensitive, powerful treatment of a child’s grief.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“A thoughtful and gentle introduction to shiva, grief, and mourning to even the littlest of readers.”
– Association of Jewish Libraries
“This poignant story about mourning and finding comfort in community is universally relatable.”
– Booklist
“Explains the Jew­ish mourn­ing peri­od in a gen­tle, easy-to-under­stand, car­ing man­ner…Sim­ple and acces­si­ble...Care­ful­ly phrased, evoca­tive­ly illus­trat­ed, and empha­sizes time spent with fam­i­ly and friends.”
– Jewish Book Council
“The comforting text and the warm images will help young readers begin to understand what shiva means in Jewish families.”
– Sal's Fiction Addiction
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