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How to Be a Mensch

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9+
Growing up can sometimes get complicated. This book’s full of funny and useful tips to help you get it right!
Ages 9+
Pages 144
Publisher Storey Publishing
Coming Mar 2021

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What the Book Is About

This how-to manual is a version of Catherine Newman’s book How to Be a Person, with Jewish content specially created for a unique PJ Our Way edition. Chapters cover life skills like how to care for people, pets, and plants; how to cook for Shabbat; how to clean your clothes; and how to manage money. Cartoon-style illustrations add to the accessible, kid-friendly style.

Jewish Content & Values

  • Reference is made to the Jewish values of respecting elders, caring for animals, welcoming guests (hachnasat orchim), caring for the sick (bikur cholim), and gratitude (hakarat hatov).
  • The section on cleaning the house talks about cleaning and finishing homework before Shabbat and having a tech break over Shabbat. The section on cooking talks about the Shabbat prayers (brachot) and common menus for a Shabbat meal. It also gives a recipe for challah French toast and instructions on how to braid challah.

Positive Role Models

You! After reading this book, you’ll be well on the way to becoming your best self: a real mensch!

Content Advisory

None.

Talk It Over

The section called "How to Include Someone" talks about what to do when someone is alone or excluded for being new or different. Do you know someone who has been left out socially? Did you try to include them? If so, what did you do? If not, what could you have done differently?

More for You

In Uriel Weinreich’s seminal Modern Yiddish-English/English-Yiddish dictionary, the word “mensch”, which derives from German, is defined as “man; human being; person; responsible/mature person,” but it’s more often used to refer to personal qualities of compassion, integrity, honor, and humility. Though for many years the Yiddish word was used only in reference to boys and men, German bibles from the 1500s use it in relation to women too. The PJ Library book Estie the Mensch features a girl protagonist, and in North America the use of “mensch” increasingly covers all genders.
What the Book Is About

What the Book Is About

This how-to manual is a version of Catherine Newman’s book How to Be a Person, with Jewish content specially created for a unique PJ Our Way edition. Chapters cover life skills like how to care for people, pets, and plants; how to cook for Shabbat; how to clean your clothes; and how to manage money. Cartoon-style illustrations add to the accessible, kid-friendly style.

Jewish Content & Values

  • Reference is made to the Jewish values of respecting elders, caring for animals, welcoming guests (hachnasat orchim), caring for the sick (bikur cholim), and gratitude (hakarat hatov).
  • The section on cleaning the house talks about cleaning and finishing homework before Shabbat and having a tech break over Shabbat. The section on cooking talks about the Shabbat prayers (brachot) and common menus for a Shabbat meal. It also gives a recipe for challah French toast and instructions on how to braid challah.

Positive Role Models

You! After reading this book, you’ll be well on the way to becoming your best self: a real mensch!

Content Advisory

None.

Talk It Over

The section called "How to Include Someone" talks about what to do when someone is alone or excluded for being new or different. Do you know someone who has been left out socially? Did you try to include them? If so, what did you do? If not, what could you have done differently?

More for You

In Uriel Weinreich’s seminal Modern Yiddish-English/English-Yiddish dictionary, the word “mensch”, which derives from German, is defined as “man; human being; person; responsible/mature person,” but it’s more often used to refer to personal qualities of compassion, integrity, honor, and humility. Though for many years the Yiddish word was used only in reference to boys and men, German bibles from the 1500s use it in relation to women too. The PJ Library book Estie the Mensch features a girl protagonist, and in North America the use of “mensch” increasingly covers all genders.