The Tattered Prayer Book, winner of The Mom's Choice Award, is a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for children ages 6-10. Ruthie discovers a secret about her father while looking through a box of mementos from "the old country." As her father tells his surprising story, Ruthie learns a slice of Jewish history and the circumstances under which the family fled Nazi Germany. A burnt prayer book taken in secret from a destroyed synagogue after Kristallnacht offers solace to a young boy at the most difficult time in his life. Once safely settled in America, he tries to bury the prayer book along with his painful past. Many years later, sharing the story with Ruthie allows father to heal and daughter to grow.
Ellen Bari is an author, educator and creator of award-winning multimedia, exhibits and programs for children and adults. She has worked with a wide array of clients including Sesame Workshop, PBS, Nickelodeon, American Express and Harper-Collins. An early pioneer of new media, Ellen was instrumental in developing the multimedia Learning Center for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Ellen's other children's book titles include Jumping Jenny, a PJ Library selection and Bank Street Best Children's Book, and Ten Little Houses, an interactive ebook app.
Avi Katz is a veteran American-born Israeli illustrator, best known as the staff artist of the Jerusalem Report for the last twenty years. He has illustrated over 150 children's books in Hebrew and English, including the National Jewish Book Award winning JPS Illustrated Children's Bible.
"What a sensitively written and beautifully illustrated book for parents, grandparents and educators to share with children! Ellen Bari's simple yet moving story coupled with exquisite line drawings by Avi Katz make The Tattered Prayer Book an age-appropriate resource for younger readers. No graphic violence is depicted. A nonthreatening yet accurate picture of the historical era is conveyed. The warmth and rich traditions of Jewish family life are experienced. In a world sadly still characterized by prejudice, hate, and discrimination, our students can instead be taught respect, tolerance, and a responsible, humane citizenship. With the power and desire to change life for the better, our children remain our hope for the future." - Dr. Margaret Lincoln, the District Librarian for Lakeview Schools in Battle Creek, Michigan, has served as a Teacher Fellow with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.