LIZA’S BOOK CORNER: Your toddler learns to count! | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

LIZA’S BOOK CORNER: Your toddler learns to count!

“Rifka’s Presents,” by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Adelina Lirius, published by Random House Studio 

In this beautifully written and illustrated picture book, elementary school children will get an inside view into the lives of Rivka and her family as Jewish immigrants to New York in 1918. Although Rivka was looking forward to going to school, she’s needed at home to help care for her little sister when her father falls ill during the flu pandemic. Her mother must work for a shirtwaist factory to bring in money. Craving to learn to read, Rivka finds creative ways to get an education from people throughout her community. In exchange for lessons, she joyfully helps those who help her. A lovely, richly told introduction to this time period and the importance of being kind to one another. 

“Counting on Shabbat,” by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Petronela Dostalova, published by Kat-Ben Publishing

Help your toddler learn to count and prepare for Shabbat with this adorable board book. From setting the table to counting the braids of a challah to welcoming guests, little ones will love looking at each picture and learning a little more about how this family prepares for the Sabbath. The words are simple and impactful, perfect for this age group. So get ready and celebrate Shabbat with your children Friday night! 

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Educator and author Liza Wiemer, of Fox Point, has taught in nine of our Milwaukee-area Jewish religious schools and day schools. Her latest novel, “The Assignment,” is appropriate for ages 12 and up.