#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Hillary Hallah Untied the Knot: Cheryl Rosenbloom Levet

I received the title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine
SYNOPSIS: When Jameson and Campbell drift to sleep, they are brought to an enchanted valley where they meet characters that embody the Jewish spirit. These characters are preparing for the Jewish New Year.

Hillary Hallah’s overexuberance leads her to trouble and causes a fight amongst friends. Through Hillary’s sincere apology and her friends’ compassion, this eclectic cast learns that two wrongs do not make a right.

Throughout this entertaining narrative, children will be met with colorful illustrations, important lessons on friendship and the wonder of Rosh Hashanah.

The idea to write a children’s story about the magic of Rosh Hashanah first came to Levet while she served as part of the Training Wheels program, which taught young Jewish children about several different Jewish holidays through crafts, music and stories.

“A story about Rosh Hashanah rapidly came to me as I typed it. I always loved the story, but I wanted it worded in a more child-friendly manner, so I wrote my nieces and nephews into it and turned it into an enchanting children’s story,” the author said.

One Amazon reviewer gave high praises for the book, saying, “This adorable story tells us about the Jewish New Year and how children can reflect on their actions and the effects on others.”

“Hillary Hallah Untied the Knot” sparkles and glitters as young children begin to embrace their Jewish New Year.
MY THOUGHTS: Our author does a wonderful job explaining Rosh Hashanah. I’m pleased to see a number of new authors producing quality works that celebrate Jewish heritage. The colorful characters are sure to capture the attention of younger readers. I would recommend that this be more of a ‘together’ read so that caregivers can assist with any hard to pronounce words and/or explanations. It is definitely for the elementary set. I can see it becoming part of a regular Rosh Hashanah tradition. If you are a homeschooler looking for imaginative ways to incorporate Jewish history and/or cultures, this is a great addition to your library. I give it 3 stars.
Pic & synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher. “Hillary Hallah Untied the Knot: A Rosh Hashanah Treat You Are Bound to Repeat”
By Cheryl Rosenbloom Levet
ISBN: 9781504387668 (softcover); 9781504387675 (electronic)
Available at the Balboa Press Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the author

Cheryl Rosenbloom Levet was born and raised in Richmond, Va and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She went on to pursue her master’s degree from Old Dominion University. Levet currently teaches first grade and has been teaching for the last 22 years. This is her first children’s book, based on her own daughter Hillary. She currently resides in Norfolk, Va.

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Painting With Parkinson’s

I’ll be honest. There was a time here recently that I was giving up. My body wasn’t cooperating. My mind was following its lead. I was depressed and fed up. Nothing was making me happy. The things I wanted to do I couldn’t. I certainly didn’t want to do nothing. I started letting my mind wander to all the things I have never accomplished. Basically, I had a full-on pity party.

Then, I got a text from my mom, showing me an embroidery piece she’d done. Then, another. Mom, with her more advanced Parkinson’s was sewing! It wasn’t like I forced myself to tell her it was nice. It WAS nice. She did a great job. I got me thinking.

When my husband & son decided to pop into Hobby Lobby, I went to. I went up and down aisles. Shaking my head and doubting myself, I ended up in the painting aisle. Now, I am not artistic. I’m not even kind of crafty. But, they had this guided painting kit. It was on sale for under $10 so I thought, ok. I’m going to try.

I brought it home and realized that the instructions were daunting. But, 2 weeks later, I had finished an adorable likeness of 2 puppies. My husband and son, though still skeptical, told me it wasn’t half bad. Ok, I’ll take it.
The next time I bought a kit, I went a level higher to challenge myself a little more. Now, I’ve almost finished that one and have set a long-term goal of painting a picture for my sister’s new house.

I noticed some other changes too. I have been filling idle time with painting. I also pray while I’m painting and just enjoy talking, inwardly to the Lord. I also haven’t dropped anything in several weeks. I was usually good for 2-3 cups a day, etc. No more dropping. Less type-o’s too.

I’m grateful that the Lord found me a hobby and I am grateful to my mom for pushing through.