I received a copy of the first of the Two Kings book series to review on this blog . . .
The book, by the acclaimed Rabbi Fishel Jacobs . . . The press release reads:
The story itself is a simple one - using real life problems that child could easily relate to. It reads clearly, and is accompanied with large colorful (though not necessarily inspired) illustrations.
The cover of the book, and the central theme of a struggle between two kings, seems to suggest a much grander story - more of a parable in the tradition of R' Nachmen of Breslov - so I was somewhat surprised to see the mundane nature of the story in this installment (Let's Go Play) . . . I hope that more will be done in that direction in future volumes.
Of note, I was surprised that the Yetzer Hara's scepter looks suspiciously like the pitchfork of the non-Jewish devil . . .
In any event, though I have yet to 'test' the book out on any children (for various practical reasons), I suspect it will be an entertaining an educational book.
The story actually bears many similarities to the Classic Yin Yan Yuju video I helped make some time back (Catch it here on the blog under the 'tittle' Dance, Dance, Yoni 12!
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