Soosie: The Horse That Saved Shabbat
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Product ID : 9780998852775

Soosie: The Horse That Saved Shabbat

Price: $19.99


Hardcover, 32 Pages
Release Date: 02/09/2021 *This title will ship on its release date*

Every Shabbat, Jacob and Soosie the horse set out to deliver Ezra and Esther’s delicious challahs to their Jerusalem neighbors.

But what happens when Jacob is sick? Will everyone get their challah in time for Shabbat?

This heart warming story highlights the friendship between a boy and a horse.

Charming illustrations capture early twentieth century Jerusalem and its diverse residents from all over the Middle East and Europe.


Blessing the challah at the Friday night dinner signals the beginning of Shabbat.

In the early 20th century, the city of Jerusalem is still a small town. Bakery owners Esther and Ezra bake the challahs before dawn on Friday mornings to be ready by daylight for delivery to Jewish families. Jacob, their reliable delivery boy, loads the cart, hitches up their horse, clicks his tongue to her, and off they go. Jacob and Soosie make several stops along the road for people waiting to select their loaves and place payment in a little tin bank affixed to the side of the cart, exchanging greetings of “Shabbat Shalom” as they go. One memorable Friday, Jacob is very sick, but he and the bakers are confident that Soosie can do the job on her own. After all, she knows the routine very well. They put a note under the tin bank so their customers will understand the unusual change. It works perfectly, and the exhausted Soosie arrives home with a full bank and an empty stomach. She is given the trio’s gratitude, a meal, and a well-earned rest. Halberstadt’s cartoon illustrations are filled with energy and emotion, vividly depicting characters and important objects in bright colors, with some backgrounds in gray, and just enough detail to set the scene. Diverse townspeople are seen with many different skin tones and a wide variety of dress indicating the scattered places from which they migrated to Palestine/Israel. A detailed author’s note explains the tale’s origins, a bit of Jerusalem’s history, and the rituals of Shabbat.

A heartwarming tale with an abundance of kindness, love, and tradition. (Picture book. 4-11)

--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)


Born in the United States, TAMI LEHMAN-WILZIG now lives in Israel. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and an M.A. in Communications from Boston University. She is one of Israel’s leading English language copywriters. Her children’s books include Tasty Bible Stories, Keeping the Promise, Passover Around the World, Hanukkah Around the World and Zvuvi’s Israel. She lives in Kfar Saba, Israel.

Menahem Halberstadt is a children’s book illustrator and editorial cartoonist. He has published dozens of picture books for children, the most recent being the well-received A Basket Full of Figs by Ori Elon. Menahem lives in Israel with his wife and sweet children.


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