Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Story Explores The Gifts of Differences (From PJ Library)
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Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Story Explores The Gifts of Differences (From PJ Library)

Categories Purim , Be Inclusive 
Book Title: Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale

Author: Barbara Goldin

Illustrator: James Zollars

Book Summary:

Purim is approaching and Hershel, the only blind boy in the village, wishes he could help his mother prepare hamantashen for the holiday. If only I could see, he thinks, I could help my mother more. That night, Hershel dreams of a winged angel descending a sparkling ladder. She says, "Make what you see. You see when you close your eyes. You see in your dreams." With new courage, Hershel learns to trust his dream and creates something more beautiful than anyone in the whole village can imagine.

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

Goals of this resource: 

  • Help families develop an acceptance of and respect for differences and unique abilities
  • Engage in Purim learning that is accessible to all learners
  • Provide follow-up activities and resources for accepting differences and unique abilities

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

Learn more about the Jewish value of inclusivity here: Be Inclusive Educator Resource Page
Learn more about the Jewish holiday of Purim: Purim Educator Resource Page

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

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Sharing The Storymore

Explore, Discover, and More Extension and Reinforcement Activitiesmore

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