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Nachshon who was Afraid to Swim

"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!



2009 Finalist 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 

 "An 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 Weekly

"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


Links for Nachshon:
To visit the website of Jago, Nachshon's artist, please follow this link.
To download a reader's guide for Nachshon from the PJ Library, please follow this link