Red, Blue and Yellow Yarn explores Forgiveness and Honoring Senior Citizens
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Red, Blue and Yellow Yarn explores Forgiveness and Honoring Senior Citizens

Book Title: Red, Blue and Yellow Yarn

Author: Miriam Kosman

Illustrator: Valeri Gorbachov

Book Summary:

Donny isn’t sure what Grandma thinks of him…she is so proper and his behavior is far from perfect. Yet, when Donny gets tangled up in some trouble, Grandma reveals the secret that all Grandmothers and grandchildren share. This warm tale of inter-generational love is complimented by whimsical full-color drawings!

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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.

Synopsis from the resource:

"A major goal of this program is to use family stories as a means of strengthening bonds between seniors and children. The program can be run as an intergenerational event with family or at a senior center. During the program participants will engage in a variety of projects and activities involving yarn. Each yarn-based activity is designed to generate an increased appreciation for the many unique talents and abilities of grandparents and older friends. In addition to teaching about the value of honoring elders, this program is designed to address the theme of forgiveness and ways of saying I’m sorry. "

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For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

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TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
Friday Nights of Nana Amy HestClaire A. NivolaA beautifully illustrated, reassuring table of ritual and family bonding. Young Jennie has Friday off school to help her grandmother prepare for the family meal before the Sabbath. Jennie and Nana have their breakfast and then start work: polishing the candlesticks, ironing the tablecloth and braiding the dough for challah bread. Then they put on their pretty Sabbath dresses while the snow falls outside, and wait for Jennie's parents and baby brother to arrive with the rest of the family. Now Jennie's best time begins. Full of gorgeous colours and absorbing detail, this story portrays the rich pattern of love and tradition woven into the special relationship between a child and a grandparent.
A Grandma/Grandpa Like Yours Andria Warmflash RosenbaumBarb BjornsonPortrays, through whimsical animal illustrations and rhymes, the characteristics of a wonderful assortment of Jewish grandmothers and grandfathers. Read about grandmas, bubbes, and saftas from the front of the book and then flip it over to read about grandpas, zaydes and sabas from the other side!
Say Hello, Lily Deborah LakritzMartha AvilesOn Lily's first visit to Shalom House, she clings closely to her mom, overwhelmed by all the new faces. But slowly Lily joins the activities, makes new friends, and celebrates a birthday to remember.
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