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M. Stevens-David Review of Books by Rabbi Kenneth Ian Segel
By Martha Stevens-David
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:10:01 AM

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I recently received two children's book to review. Both were written by Kenneth Ian Segel, who, according to the information at Author, is an ordained Rabbi of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He gained his Doctor of Divinity degree in 1995 and has published numerous articles and won national honors. He is a lecturer who has taught at many American universities, colleges, and seminaries. He is a husband, father, and grandfather with a sincere love and respect for children and special skill in communicating with and delighting children's audiences throughout the country.

As a writer of stories for children myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading another writer's work. I found the story 'The Amazing Sparkey' about a family's dog, to be both charming and well-illustrated. I would both recommend and purchase this book myself.

This story is about Sparkey who is an amazing, wonder dog. Mysterious and strange things were happening in the Kelly home. No one in the family could explain the unusual happenings. It was weird. Was it the work of ghosts? Was it leprechauns? What was really going on? Things disappeared and reappeared. There were no clues. Working together as detectives, and with Sparkey's help, the Kelly family finally solved the mystery. Sparkey proved that he really was a wonder dog. - From Author

Thank you for the opportunity to read 'The Amazing Sparkey' and I will pass it along to a lovely, child I know and love.

The second book, 'A Big Decision' is about Jake, a smart, very responsible fifth grader, surrounded by a houseful of adoring pets. Taking meticulous care of them was his favorite hobby. Jake passionately wanted to attend an outstanding summer camp in Arizona. Because of Jake's exceptional devotion to his pets, several close friends independently approached him asking if he would take care of their pets. He had to make "the big decision". Would he give up his summer plans to stay home and look after his friends' pets? Would he choose to help others instead of pursuing his own pleasure? Jake makes his decision.

Again, I found the story charmingly written with a lesson in giving and kindness and beautifully illustrated also. I would recommend this to others as well. Thank you Rabbi Segel for allowing me to read it.

Martha Stevens-David.


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