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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Book Series ‘Hero in Me’ Teaches Kids About Famous Jewish Figures

From Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Steven Spielberg to human and Jewish rights activist Natan Sharansky.

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Erin Ben-Moche
Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She writes about Jewish art and culture.

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To inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders, writer Emma Carlson Berne explored what makes and what it takes to be a hero in a new series of children’s booklets.

“The Hero in Me” (Behrman House), released on May 29, tells the stories of famous Jewish figures including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg, human and Jewish rights activist Natan Sharansky, King David, the prophet Isaiah and 16th-century philanthropist Dona Gracia Nasi.

The online and print series is a collaborative project between The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and Jewish book publisher Behrman House.

Each booklet, which includes interactive online elements, focuses on a character trait, with biographical sketches of Jewish heroes—one biblical and one historical— whose lives exemplify heroic traits. Also featured in the series are profiles of young people who embody that specific character trait in modern times.

“Storytelling is perhaps the most effective way to convey meaning to children,” David Behrman, president of Behrman House wrote in a statement to the Journal. “These booklets provide bite-size insights into what makes a hero and how our young readers can build those qualities into their own lives.”

The five-book series focuses on courage, kindness, creativity, curiosity and fairness, and is geared toward Jewish fourth and fifth graders.

For more information about “The Hero in Me,” visit Amazon. Find online resources for the book at Behrman House’s website.

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