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How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box and Other Wonders of Tzedakah

by Linda Heller
Illustrated by Stacey Dressen McQueen

Published by Tricycle Press, 2011
32 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢴓82463780

Ages 4-7

Dalia抯 little brother Yossi doesn抰 believe her when she tells him there is a big yellow comforter inside the small box she made and decorated at the community center. It抯 a tzedakah box, and all week Dalia puts money she earns inside it. By week抯 end, she tells Yossi that the box holds a big yellow comforter, a butterfly bush, and a banana cream pie, along with kisses and wishes and hugs. Yossi wants to believe his big sister, but when he rattles the box all he hears are coins. 揑t抯 just a bank, he says. So Dalia takes Yossi along when she and her class combine the money in all of their tzedakah boxes and go shopping. They buy a big yellow comforter, a butterfly bush, and a banana cream pie, and give them to an elderly woman in their neighborhood, along with their companionship. Linda Heller抯 lively story about the Jewish tradition of charity and caring has terrific dialogue and a wonderful sibling relationship. Stacey Dressen McQueen抯 warm, colorful illustrations show a multicultural neighborhood and numerous details specific to the Jewish tradition of tzedakah.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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