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Zayde Comes to Live

Zayde Comes to Live

Fall 2012 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Sheri Sinykin
Illustrator: Kristina Swarner
ISBN: 9781561456314
Hardcover Price: $16.95

Losing a beloved grandparent is the subject of Sheri Sinykin's sensitive and moving new picture book, Zayde Comes to Live. In the story, a young girl senses that her grandfather is dying, based on what he can't do anymore: run in the yard, toss a ball, play hide-and-seek. Naturally, the child has questions about what will happen to Zayde when he dies, and she asks her rabbi for guidance. Sinykin's story provides some answers from a traditional Jewish point of view. But even those from outside the faith can take comfort in the relationship between Zayde and his grandchild, "breathing in, breathing out, together," and making memories.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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