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shanarishona




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Dec 01 2021, 2:40 pm
Following for December
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Amelia Bedelia




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Dec 01 2021, 2:47 pm
asmileaday wrote:
Veteran pj'ers can you weigh in on this month's book choices? My son is 11.

Not crazy over any of the selections. I think I will choose the last two but no idea if any are appropriate.

The $150,000 Rugelach and
Upstaged
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amother




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Post Wed, Dec 01 2021, 2:53 pm
In PJourway you can select “parent guide” and preview the books.
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seeker




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Dec 03 2021, 1:16 am
I wonder why this thread didn't come up in search. I had to go to my "following" list and it's lucky someone else bumped it recently so it didn't take long to find.

I'm thinking Rugelach looks like it might be fun, and I'm going to pre-read Upstaged before giving it to my kids because the synopsis mentions a boy crush and I like to know just how much is going on before giving those to my kids. Chelm is definitely not my speed and the other one is very soccer-heavy which I don't think my kids would be interested in.
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shaqued_almond




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Dec 03 2021, 1:44 am
It's funny this thread came up. I just cancelled PJ library because of all the nonsense books we got. What irked me most about the picture books was the lack of kippas though. Sometimes they had families from diverse racial backgrounds (yay!). What a missed opportunity it was not to add a kippa, a universally Jewish symbol.
Anyway, I've actually liked a few kar Ben books we got.
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amother




DarkViolet
 

Post Mon, Jan 03 2022, 3:53 pm
Anyone know any of this months books? Which might be good?
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amother




Mocha
 

Post Mon, Jan 03 2022, 10:31 pm
I checked them out, and all 4 books seem appropriate.
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becky2345




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 03 2022, 11:04 pm
When I read through the parent reviews, I think it's called renegade reporter mentions that the girl has 2 fathers.. one she calls Abba ....
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asmileaday




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 03 2022, 11:40 pm
becky2345 wrote:
When I read through the parent reviews, I think it's called renegade reporter mentions that the girl has 2 fathers.. one she calls Abba ....


Good catch. I just went back to reread the parent guide and it says Ash's Dads fast on y"k.
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happy chick




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 03 2022, 11:42 pm
becky2345 wrote:
When I read through the parent reviews, I think it's called renegade reporter mentions that the girl has 2 fathers.. one she calls Abba ....


Oh no! I just ordered it. Any way to change a selection?
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becky2345




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 03 2022, 11:49 pm
Yes! I believe if you choose another book, it asks if you want to change your mind.. try it!
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happy chick




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 03 2022, 11:58 pm
becky2345 wrote:
Yes! I believe if you choose another book, it asks if you want to change your mind.. try it!


Thank you , it worked. And thank you for bringing up about the 2 fathers.
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becky2345




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Jan 04 2022, 12:01 am
Ok great! BH! I reread that line a couple of times, they are really trying to sneak things in.
Just showed me that I have to keep reading before I give to the kids...
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shanarishona




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Jan 04 2022, 2:02 am
Thank you for letting us know!
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seeker




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Jan 05 2022, 6:00 pm
I ordered the Natan Sharansky book for one of my kids and I can choose another one for my other kid but I'm not sure I will. I don't need the two dads book. I read the sample pages of 37 Days at Sea and I don't think my kids will be interested in the free verse style and I also don't think we need another holocaust book. I am considering the doughnut book but from the sample pages it seems like I should read through the whole thing first just in case, and it also seems like the kind of thing I won't have patience for.
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happy chick




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Feb 01 2022, 5:00 pm
has anyone checked out the books this month?

the one about yael and the party says about her torah reading for her bat mitzvah. im not thrilled about it.

when lightnin' struck seems a bit traumatizing. there's illness, death, bullying, beatings.

the other 2 seem neutral.
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amother




Razzmatazz
 

Post Tue, Feb 01 2022, 5:34 pm
The out of Egypt one seems Chabad, should be okay ? https://collive.com/rabbi-mosc.....azak/
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mommyhood




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Feb 01 2022, 5:39 pm
amother [ Razzmatazz ] wrote:
The out of Egypt one seems Chabad, should be okay ? https://collive.com/rabbi-mosc.....azak/

We’ve gotten it from a local library that’s pretty strict with what they stock so I’d assume it’s safe but I didn’t look through it before I let my kids read it. My age 10+ kids say it’s good but a bit juvenile.
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amother




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Post Tue, Feb 01 2022, 5:44 pm
For this month:

Out of Egypt. Its from Shazaq. Which is Chabad based.

The rare book from an orthodox source.

Also: even when books are “ok” (rarely, IMO), they are SO dumb!

Why?!

Nothing with actual literary content. Just plain dumb.

Aside from a rare occasion.
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happy chick




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Feb 01 2022, 7:30 pm
you're all correct. out of egypt is from shazaq and is a perfectly "kosher" book. definitely one of my picks for this month.
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