Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale - (PJ Library Goes To School)
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Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale - (PJ Library Goes To School)

Book Title: Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale*

Author: Daniel J. Swartz

Illustrator: Melissa Iwai

Book Summary:

Bim, a builder, and her brother Bom, a baker, work hard all week, and then spend every Friday doing good deeds, mitzvot. At sundown, they joyfully meet to celebrate Shabbat together.

Topic(s) Addressed:

Shabbat, Mitzvot, Act with Loving Kindness, Work/Industriousness

Access resource guide here: Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale

This resource is created by the PJ Library at the PJ Library Educator s Center. Created for the PJ Library Goes To School program, this resource and its activities can be utilized, possibly with modifications, in a variety of children s learning environments.

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

Lesson Plan Components

For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

Materials and resourcesmore

Sharing The Storymore


Explore, Discover, and More Extension and Reinforcement Activitiesmore

Enjoy one school s project inspired by this unit: can you inspire you students to engage and explore this unit?

Music Connectionsmore

List of All Songs

Sing the song that inspired this book, Bim Bam by Nachum Frankel. This simple song has become an anthem, well known to children of all ages in many different communities.

Bim bam bim bim bim bam
Bim bim bim bim bim bam

Shabbat shalom Shabbat shalom
Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat shalom

Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat shalom (2x)


Additional resources for sharing:

literature connectionsmore

TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog Meggan HillSusan M. GraunkeAfter Nico agrees “to be so kind as to watch” his aunt’s dog, he begins to wonder how he will be kind. He learns that kindness is showing concern for others.
How Kind! Mary Murphy Repetitive text demonstrates kindness as each animal in the book does something nice for another animal. Children learn that good feelings are shared as a kind deed is done deliberately.
The Shabbat Puppy* Leslie KimmelmanJaime Zollars

Every Saturday Noah and his grandfather go for a walk together, looking for “Shabbat Shalom” – Sabbath Peace. For what seems like the longest time to the little boy, Grandpa won’t allow Mazel, Noah’s puppy, to join them. Eventually, though, the dog is permitted to join in, with sweet results.

Shabbat Is Coming! Tracy NewmanViviana GarofoliFriday' s here. Jump and cheer. Shabbat is coming. A family and its pet puppy eagerly prepare for Shabbat.
Hanna's Sabbath Dress Izhak Sschweiger-Dmiel Ora Eitan (Tchernov)Hanna's new white dress, made especially for the Sabbath, is ruined the very first time it is worn after she helps a man carry his bag of charcoal, but while crying in despair in the forest, she notices that the stains have somehow been changed magically into beads of light.
Many Days, One Shabbat* Fran ManushkinMaria MonescilloOne light. Many candles. One challah. Many slices. A family gets ready to celebrate the Sabbath. It welcomes guests, enjoys a nice meal, and savors a few quiet moments together. Shabbat Shalom! Appealing watercolors add just the right touch to the festivities
Around The World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrating the Sabbath Durga Yael BerhardDurga Yael BerhardTake your children on a colorful adventure to share the many ways Jewish people celebrate Shabbat around the world. Shabbat Shalom!
Beginning in an old Jerusalem market Friday morning, shopping for foods to make Shabbat meals special
  • Setting a beautiful Sabbath table in Australia Friday afternoon
  • Lighting Shabbat candles with a family in Turkey
  • Singing zemirot with relatives in Russia
  • Making hamotzi as a congregation in the United States 
  • Parading the Torah scrolls at Shabbat morning services in a synagogue in Germany
  • Relaxing in the peace of Shabbat day in Canada
  • Enjoying a special Sabbath afternoon meal in Morocco
From Israel to Thailand, from Ethiopia to Argentina, you and your children are invited to share the diverse Sabbath traditions that come alive in Jewish homes and synagogues around the world each week—and to celebrate life with Jewish people everywhere.
* PJ library Books