ARTWORK BY SUSAN SIMON
Genre: Picture Book / Jewish Traditions
Publisher: Sociosights Press, Facebook
Date of Publication: April 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 40
Will she be the one to take Grandfather’s place?
According to Jewish tradition, a quorum of ten adults is required for public worship. Almost a Minyan traces the story of a young girl whose father and grandfather are regular participants in the town’s minyan - until her beloved Zayde passes on.
Without him, it is even harder for her father to find enough people to make a minyan. Then one day, he brings Zayde’s tefillin to his eldest daughter. A striking new addition to the diverse books movement, Almost a Minyan shares important Hebrew terms and religious concepts through a compelling and beautifully illustrated story for children.
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PRAISE for ALMOST A MINYAN
Author Interview 1: Lori S. Kline
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
My life has always been rooted in Jewish practice. Our traditions have provided me with solid footing to grow and explore with the support and encouragement of the Jewish communities in which I lived—in Pittsburgh, where I was born and raised, and Austin, where I have lived for the past 30 years. My Jewish roots have also provided the base from which I found solid footing in life, and then was able to reach in various directions to take part in traditions that were not available to women during my formative years. I was fortunate to have role models who helped me blossom into liturgical and educational roles that are dear and meaningful to me today.
How long have you been writing?
There may have been a pencil that accompanied me in my mother's womb—my understanding was that she did endure an uncomfortable pregnancy with me. Seriously, my mom writes...
What kind(s) of writing do you do?
Children's literature, nearly exclusively in rhyme, and poems to express my personal struggles and yearnings.
How important are names to you in your books?
The characters in Almost a Minyan purposely have no names to lend the reader to placing his or her name in the protagonist's shoes.
What did you find most useful in learning to write for publication?
I learned that being an author for publication is not an individual sport. The editor is your side-kick, your partner in crime and ultimate enthusiast/cheerleader.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
That all people on earth would feel comfortable sitting together around a campfire, warming their hands, sipping on hot cocoa, and telling their stories.
If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be? In four words or less, tell us why.
A cheetah—smooth, slick and fast.
What’s something interesting, fun, or funny that most people don’t know about you?
I juggled and rode a unicycle for years. The unicycle currently adorns my garage.
About the Author
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March 24 – April 7, 2017
03/24 - Illustration Preview 1 - CGB Blog Tours
03/25 Review - Hall Ways Blog
03/26 - Author Interview 1 - My Book Fix Blog
03/27 - Review - Momma On The Rocks
03/28 - Guest Post - Texas Book Lover
03/29 - Promo - Missus Gonzo
03/30 - Review - Syd Savvy
03/31 - Illustration Preview 2 - Reading By Moonlight
04/01 - Review - The Page Unbound
04/02 - Author Interview 2 - Margie's Must Reads
04/03 - Review - Books and Broomsticks
04/04 - Excerpt - Forgotten Winds
04/05 - Illustration Preview 3 - Chapter Break Book Blog
04/06 - Review - Books in the Garden
04/07 - Author Interview 3 - StoreyBook Reviews
I graduated college in 2012 and have been traveling as an energy consultant since. Work keeps me busy, but with no more evenings filled with studying I figured I needed a hobby...and the reading began.