THE BOOK OF LIFE - Welcoming Elijah (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)
1:56AM Apr 2, 2020
[Music, Intro] This is The Book of Life, a show about Jewish kidlit, mostly. I'm Heidi Rabinowitz. Welcome to our special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. We'll hear from authors who had to cancel their spring 2020 promotional events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we hear from author Leslea Newman about her picture book, Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale T A L E with a Tail T A I L. And I want to give a big shout out to Tziporah Cohen for becoming a monthly Book of Life supporter on Patreon.com/BookofLife. Thanks Tzippi!
Hi, my name is Leslea Newman, and I am going to talk to you about my newest picture book Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with the Tail. It was illustrated by Susan Gal and it was published by Abrams on January 28. This spring I was going to visit bookstores and synagogues and Jewish community centers in Boston, Massachusetts; Amherst, Massachusetts; Holyoke, Massachusetts; New York City; Hartford, Connecticut and San Diego, California. But of course, all those appearances have been canceled. So I'm staying in my home to keep myself and others safe and I hope that you are doing that too. Welcoming Elijah is for readers age 2 to 102. The story takes place during a Passover Seder. Inside a boy in his family celebrate Passover, outside a lonely kitten watches and does its best to participate. For example, inside the boy washes his hands; outside the kitten cleans its paws. Inside the boy breaks middle matzah in half; outside the kitten snaps a twig in two, and when the door opens for Elijah... well you'll have to read the book to find out what happens, but it's something wonderful. I wrote the book as a way to celebrate and combine two of my favorite things, Passover and cats. And on my tour, I would have shown readers a photo of Princess Sheba Darling, who was my inspiration for the book. She's a beautiful white cat who sat on my lap the whole time I wrote the story. You can buy Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail at Indiebound.org, which supports local independent bookstores, or wherever fine books are sold. These days, it's very important to do tikkun olam, which means to repair the world. We can all help out. It's such an important time to do that. And I had an idea that since my book features a homeless cat, maybe we could make a donation, food or money, to a local animal shelter. Thank you for listening. Zei gezunt, which means be well, and please visit me online at www.lesleakids.com.
[Music, Outro] If you write or illustrate Jewish books, and your new book's spring 2020 promotional events have been canceled due to the pandemic, I invite you to take part in The Book of Life's special series Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Visit tinyurl.com/booksCOVID for instructions or get in touch with me at 561-206-2473 or BookofLifepodcast@gmail.com.
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