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Papa Jethro

"A welcome choice for the many children in similar situations." Booklist

Why can't you be Jewish like me? Why can't I be Christian like you? a young Jewish girl asks her non-Jewish grandfather. In answer, her grandfather tells her the biblical story of Jethro, Moses' non-Jewish father-in-law, whose relationship with his grandson Gershom is a model of love and respect.

With warm watercolor artwork and a gentle storyline, Papa Jethro sensitively looks at the issue of interfaith families and reminds us that the Bible has timely lessons for every generation. 

Notable Book for Younger Readers - Association of Jewish Libraries

A PJ Library Selection from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation


Praise for Papa Jethro 

"...provides a gentle reminder that interfaith families have been part of Jewish tradition from the beginning....the overall feeling is one of tenderness and love between grandparents and grandchildren, past and present."

"Readers who have a relative of a different religion will especially appreciate how this book reflects and validates their own families, but all youngsters will gain an understanding of how the lessons of the Torah still resonate in modern times. The author's note is especially valuable, making this a worthwhile purchase." School Library Journal     


Links for Papa Jethro:
To visit the website for Papa Jethro's artist, Jane Dippold, please follow this link