Zayde Comes to Live

by Sheri Cooper Sinykin

Other authorsKristina Swarner (Illustrator)
Book, 2012



Call number

E 500 SIN



Atlanta : Peachtree, c2012.


When Rachel's beloved grandfather, Zayde, comes to spend his last days with her family, she worries what will happen when he dies, especially after friends tell her the Christian and Muslim beliefs about the afterlife.

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LibraryThing member Sullywriter
A moving, sensitive story about a young girl facing the death of her grandfather comforted by her Jewish faith.
LibraryThing member STBA
A “poignant, powerful, sweet” story of a girl and her grandfather that deals with death and the afterlife from a Jewish perspective.
LibraryThing member syntaxerric
The story talks about a little girl who learns that a man named Zayde will be moving into their house because he is dying. The little girl goes from person to person asking what will happen to Zayde when he dies and everyone tells her different things like about heaven or paradise. Finally she asks
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Zayde and he tells her that he will return to the Earth.

Ages: 5-6

Source: Pierce College Library
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LibraryThing member sabdelaz
A Jewish girl has her grandfather over to die. The girl takes care of him, Zayde very well to the extent she asks about his departure to the afterlife and "will it be a good place for him", we all hope and wonder along with her. Immediately this book grabs the reader's attention and emotions with
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this young Jewish girl and her dying grandfather. I would recommend this book to 2nd and 3rd graders and I am sure they will be able to connect. Its a book that also informs us about the Jewish religion with both comparative text to the other two main religions, Christianity and Islam. the truth is Zayde comes to die.
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LibraryThing member raizel
The title of this bittersweet book is Zayde Comes to Live---to live and not to die. (Zayde is Yiddish for "grandfather.") As the family's rabbi explains, "He is living, Rachel, until the moment he dies." The book is narrated by Rachel, as she starts to come to terms with her grandfather's terminal
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illness and realize the importance of making memories with her grandfather while he is still alive. The story ends while Zayde is still alive.

The illustrations are colorful and gentle and work well with the text.
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LibraryThing member octavio1
The grandfather Zayde is living at home with her grandaughter, she wonders why her grandfather is so tired and weak. Her family talked to her and explained her that he would go to other world called the paradise where Zayde could run and do a lot of activities again. The little girl doesn´t want
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to Zayde dies, but Zayde explains her that´s part of life and he is happy for it. The little girl finally understands the concept of it and tries to enjoy the last moments with her grandfather´s company because she knows he will go to a better place.
Age: 3-6 (individually)
Source: Pierce College Library
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