Weeks before March, toy stores all over Israel start bringing out racks upon racks of costumes to satisfy every child’s whim for Purim. A cursory looks proves that Esther, Mordechai, and superheroes are the most popular characters. And why not? Purim is the story of the unlikeliest of heroes: Esther who finds herself fighting for the fate of her people; and Mordechai who persists until safety for the Jews in guaranteed. Purim teaches us that with or without a costume, all of us have the ability to be a super-hero and perform heroic feats for those in need.
These PJ Our Way books are great for showing that costumes are unnecessary, and that the plain clothed hero is right inside you, waiting to come out.
(September 2017 selection)
Yossi is the village clown, always causing trouble. But it’s Yossi who is the unlikely hero when he uses his clever antics to save the villagers from attack and pave the way for their escape to America.
Penina Levine is a Hard-Boiled Egg
(March 2017 selection)
Penina refuses to pretend to be the Easter Bunny and compromise on her principles. Her tenacity and resilience make her a hero to her grandmother, best friend, and school principal.
Jordan and the Dreadful Golem
With or without supernatural abilities, Jordan and his friends will do anything to rescue their town from an evil Golem.
Before the Nazis invaded France, Gustave considered scouts to be the most challenging thing in his life. Now he will risk anything to save his family and friends.