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When I Daven

by Yael Zoldan

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The very basics of what prayer is all about can be shared, even with the very young, and the best proof of this lies in the charming book When I Daven. By introducing elementary concepts such as acknowledging the gift of life, being in touch with your senses, observing the world around you, thankfulness and gratitude, preschoolers can develop an appreciation of what we do when we pray each day.

Simple text along with colorful, evocative illustrations is designed to arouse feelings of recognition, connection, and the beginnings of a relationship with the world’s Creator.

When I Daven is a little book that delivers a lot.


  • ITEM #: 6211
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 9 1/4
  • ISBN: 978-1-59826-831-7
  • Weight: 0.7800 lbs
  • Binding: Hard Cover / 46 pages
  • Published by: Feldheim Publishers
  • Illustrator: Shira Allen

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    • 1/14/13

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    • Association of Jewish Librarians

    This sweet and age-appropriate picture book serves as an introduction to prayer for young children. The text tells what is in the mind of the narrator as he/she prays: “I ask Hashem for many things; I ask him to help me learn Torah and do mitzvos; when I daven I thank Hashem for all that he has given me.” Hebrew and Yiddish terminology are in use, such as the words daven (pray), siddur (prayerbook), and Hashem. Happy children are featured in the bright pictures that are done in primary colors and the illustrations complement the text. Pictures illustrate hildren and adults living an Orthodox lifestyle: boys with kippot and tzizit, and girls in long skirts; a grown man wears tefillin for prayer; women appear with head scarves; boys and girls are separated in the classroom. This is a lovely book that can open a young child’s eyes to the concept of prayer while fostering a connection to Judaism. It can be effective in any program teaching about Shabbat or Jewish holidays. Recommended as a read-aloud for preschool children.

  • A crowd pleaser

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    • 1/4/12

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    • Melissa Groman

    This book is a pleasure for a parent to read to a child, which is good because my daughter always says "read it again Mommy!" It is both a warm, understandable explanation of davening, as well as an enjoyable book to look at.

  • Excellent Davening Tool

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    • 12/20/11

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    • Ella Goldman

    As soon as I saw this book, I knew I needed to buy it for my daughter. She loves looking at the pictures as I read the book and I love knowing that she’s learning to “talk to Hashem” when she davens.

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