By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Illustrated by Joani Keller Rothenberg
Ages 5 and up
Hardcover, 32 pp.
Jewish Lights Publishing
A spiritual conversation-starter about peace for adults and children to read together.
"A very long time ago, when the world was new...two children walked in God's garden called Earth. One was named Cain, the other, Abel. They were the first children. The first brothers."
We know the story well. But what can it mean for usand for our childrentoday? Award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso recasts the biblical tale of Cain and Abel in a way that invites adults and kids to a conversation about anger and our power to deal with it in positive ways.
Cain and Abel were born into God's garden called Earth, a world of bright days for working in their fields and peaceful nights to share the stories of their dreams. The first children, the first brothers, they were so much alike yet so differentCain a shepherd, Abel a farmer.
They lived side by side, surrounded by trees where wonderful, exotic fruits of many kinds grew: everywhere orapples, rasdew, and banangerines ripened all on a single branch. The air was sweet with the smell of pinango, limeberry, and waterloupe.
But jealousy, anger, and fear took all this away. Cain and Abel's happiness came to an end, and with it, the trees' ability to grow these special fruits.
In a world often hurt by violence, this retold biblical story gives children and adults a starting point for discussing anger and its effects on those around us. By harnessing the power we have to deal with our emotions in positive ways, we can once again cultivate the fruits of peaceand change the world for the better.
Multicultural, Nondenominational, Nonsectarian
American Library Association's Booklist "Editor's Choice"
A "Notable Book for Younger Readers," Association of Jewish Librarys' Sydney Taylor Book Awards