"A stirring tale of courage and faith." Kirkus Reviews
Now translated into Spanish and Russian
Young Nachshon's family has been enslaved
by the Egyptian Pharaohs for generations. He fears that this will be his destiny, too, but when Moses confronts the wicked
Pharaoh and then leads the Jews out of Egypt to the Red Sea, Nachshon gets the chance to overcome his fear of the water -
and to realize his dream of freedom.
The biblical legend of the brave boy who was the first
to step into the sea when the waters parted for Moses, will inspire children to examine and deal with some of their own fears.
A wonderful story for Passover!
National Jewish Book Award
2009 Sydney Taylor Honor Book
2009 Sugarman Award
PJ Library Selection by the
Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Praise for Nachshon who was Afraid to Swim
extraordinary children's book, illustrations are illuminative, a best example of the power of faith and courage."
Jewish Scene Magazine
"The attention-grabbing illustrations of Jago and the lesson of working
to overcome fear help make Nachshon, who was Afraid to Swim stand out as a book that children will truly enjoy."
Stories for Children Magazine
"Cohen succeeds in transporting
the Exodus story to a personal scale without robbing it of significance. Jago's highly stylized digital pictures are handsome
and heartfelt: his gold-hued palette and mural-like compositions convey the heat and oppressiveness of Egypt, while his elaborately
textured (and seemingly handmade) surfaces make the pages feel burnished by the forces of history and faith." Publishers
"An outstanding picture book...This moving story will apeal to a wide age range. Tinies will
relate to Nachshon's fear; older children will appreciate the new angle on the Passover story and pick up on the moral of
personal development." The Jewish Chronicle of London