Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' Name Amen (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))

by James Howe

Other authorsCatherine Stock (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2004





Atheneum (2004), Edition: 1st, 32 pages


Five-year-old Emily tries to understand her grandfather's death by exploring the Christian and Jewish rituals that her family practices during and after his funeral.

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LibraryThing member lgrube4
I picked this book up because the name was very strange to me! I am Jewish, so I know what "Kaddish" means but I didn't know why it said "in Jesus' name amen". The story was about a young girl who had a grandfather who was very close to her. When she was young, he would always read to her, but lost his glasses, and she would always get them for him. When she was five years old he passed away, and since he was Christian, they had the funeral at a church. Of course this was the little girl's first time in a church, and she was amazed at the colors and songs and people there. When the family got home, they decided to have "shiva" for the grandfather's passing because they practice Judaism in their household, They lit a "special candle" and a rabbi came every evening and led them in the Kaddish prayer. At the end of the book, the little girl kept her grandfather's glasses case because for her, it didn't matter what religion was practiced to remember him, as long as she had her own way of doing it. I thought this was a lovely story because you could tell it was told from a five year olds point of view, which I liked. When the little girl was explaining everything I could picture a five year old telling the story. Since I'm Jewish and my grandma just died a year ago I can relate to this book, which I found interesting. The illustrations were colorful and cloudy but with pencil marks everywhere, it looked like pencil and watercolor. I liked this because it gives the reader an insight to both religions and how the family works around death. I think it would be a good book for children because it doesn't focus on the death as much as the religions and feelings of dealing with it as a child.… (more)


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Physical description

32 p.; 8.9 inches


0689801858 / 9780689801853


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