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Boy Oh Boy! by Beily Paluch

Boy Oh Boy!‘s subtitle is A mother’s guide to the wonderful world of boys from bris to bar mitzvah.

Boy Oh Boy! by Beily Paluch

Moms of boys, this is the book you’ve been waiting. Okay, if you grew up the only girl in a horde of 12 brothers, you might be one step ahead of the game. But if you’re from an all-girl family, this book is going to be a lifesaver!   

If like most people, you fall somewhere between those two examples, you are still going to find a trove of useful, interesting and unusual information between the covers of this work that will help you be a better mother to your sons.

As the author wryly notes in her preface, while most mothers will find much in their daughters that reminds them of their own childhood, “it’s an undisputable fact that no mother has ever been a boy.”

In her lively, humorous way, Mrs. Paluch presents a trove of valuable information. The book covers the Torah perspective on raising a son, practical, health and spiritual advice for the week before a bris, handy checklists for events from vachtnacht (What’s that? Read the book and find out!) to bar mitzvah, creative ideas for the upsherin.  It covers minhagim and segulos. There are answers to things like “everything you always wanted to know about the kibbudim at a bris were too embarrassed to ask.”

The author also tackles questions such as boys’ clothing, tznius, how to choose a yeshivah and shaylos that arise from hiring a maid. There is a “Consumer’s Guide to Tzitzis” — written for moms. Chapters to help mothers understand boys’ play and chores.  What should you know if your son’s a lefty? Even instructions for knitting a gartel!

And of course, and most importantly, there is a whole appendix full of tefillos for mothers and fathers to daven for their sons on all occasions.

If you’ve got boys or grandsons, (or even if you’d just like to understand a bit more about the world in which your husband grew up!) you need this book. Keep it somewhere handy, because you will turn to Boy Oh Boy! time and time again.

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Published by Jerusalem Publications.

We received a free review copy of this book.

Beily Paluch’s articles and stories have appeared in Binah, Family First, Inyan, Mishpacha Junion and Baby & Me, among other publications.  You can follow the author on her blog: http://www.boyohboyblog.com

She is also the author of two lovely board books:

Braid the Challah by Beily Paluch I Am a Torah b Beily Paluch

Midnight Music by Menucha Chana Levin

Midnight Music is the new teen novel by Menucha Chana Levin.

This is her fifth novel and she’s been published in Hamodia, Chabad.org, Aish.com and other Jewish media outlets.

Midnight Music cover by Menucha Chana LevinMidnight Music first appeared as a serialized story in Binah Bunch Magazine.

From the back cover:

Tehilla Sherman was perfectly happy living in her comfortable old house in a small New Jersey town, attending the school run by her parents. Then, to everyone’s shock, the school has to close down due to lack of funds and her parents need to find new jobs.

At the end of the summer, Tehilla has to adjust to a very different lifestyle in a high-rise apartment in Brighton Beach, New York. There, she meets Galia, a girl originally from Russia, who is just starting to discover her Jewish heritage. Both Tehilla and Galia find themselves being challenged by new experiences. Can their mutual love of music help them to build a true friendship?

Published by Israel Bookshop Publications.

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Menucha Chana Levin is also the author of:

the castle builders by menucha chana levin the youngest bride by menucha chana levin A Family for Frayda by Menucha Chana Levin

Starlight by Henye Meyer

Starlight is the new novel from Henye Meyer.

Starlight by Henye MeyerMrs. Meyer is one of those few authors whose range is so wide that each book is a completely different adventure from the others.

While in previous books, she’s taken us to ancient Byzantium (see our review of Stranger to My Brothers) and turn-of-the-century America, this time, we are in Victorian England.

Although the book is written for a much younger audience than the author’s previous novels, the drama never stops. The tale of a young orphan match girl abused by her relatives who have taken her in, then rescued by a wealthy family, and cast out on the street once more, Starlight could have had all the makings of a cardboard cut-out stereotypical story. But in the skillful hands of Mrs. Meyer, it turns into a beautiful – and suspenseful – fairytale.

The author is known for the meticulously researched details of her characters’ time and place that really bring the story to life. It was fascinating to meet Baron Rothschild as a character and learn more about his travels to Eretz Yisrael from a contemporary point of view.

You can almost feel the author’s tongue-in-cheek approach as the Victorian melodrama plays out to its dénouement. Discerning adult readers will probably be smiling, but the story is heartwarming and preteen girls will love it. To be honest – so did I. It was a great read!

Published by Menucha.

We received a review copy of this book.

Purchase now from Menucha.

Mrs. Meyer is also the author of:

crocodile islandThe Exiles of Crocodile Island (ArtScroll Youth)

 

 

 

 

 

This Is AmericaThis is America! (Israel Bookshop Publications)

 

 

 

 

 

adrenaline rushAdrenalin Rush (Menucha Publishers).

 

 

 

 

Stranger to My Brothers

A Stranger to My Brothers (Self Published) and reviewed by us here.

Children’s Haggadah: Let’s Go Free with Miri & Tzvi

Let’s Go Free With Miri & Tzvi by Devorah Benedict is a new children’s Haggadah. It includes illustrations based on Torah, Midrash and commentaries to help children experience the journey from slavery to redemption.

Children haggadah Let's Go Free

From the cover:

Join Miri and Tzvi for an up-close look at the trials and miracles experienced by our ancestors in

Egypt. Forty-eight full-color illustrations, drawn according to the Torah, Midrash, and their commentaries, come together with the beautifully arranged, fully translated Haggadah text to bring alive the Passover story of the exodus. Complete with annotated sources and a fun “hiding” chameleon, this Haggadah will keep children involved throughout the whole Seder night from — and will help them feel as if they themselves are going out of Egypt!

Published by Feldheim.

Purchase now from Feldheim or from Amazon.

 

Lemonade Girls Forever by Sara Miriam Gross

Lemonade Girls Forever is a compilation of short stories by Sara Miriam Gross that originally appeared in Mishpacha Junior. These children’s stories follow a set of young characters through a variety of situations.

cover of lemonade girls forever by sara miriam gross
From the back cover:

When you’ve got lemons…

Chavi, Devorah, Shiffy, and Avigayil are the Lemonade Girls. They’re good friends who love to find creative solutions for problematic situations. Hopelessly lost on a hike? Most favorite nosh was stolen?

Well, when you’ve got lemons…make lemonade.

Follow along as these sixth graders open their very own gemach, almost ruin a fancy fund-raising dinner, try to win the Wacky-Snacky candy contest, and more.

Well-loved author Sara Miriam Gross has crafted a collection of upbeat adventures that are sure to entertain. Fans of her popular series in Mishpacha Junior as well as new readers will love both the classic and never-before-published tales of the fabulous foursome who refuse to let life’s setbacks get them down.

Lemonade, anyone?

It’s the Lemonade Girls…Forever!

Published by Menucha Publishers (2014)

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