"Like one big goodnight hug."
It's finally here! The exquisite and unique Sleepytime Sh'ma: A Jewish Child's Lullaby picture book, lovingly illustrated by Romi Caron, artist of more than 50 award-winning children's picture books, provides a soothing and comforting way for children to snuggle into bed feeling surrounded by love.
This beautiful book, with large-print text that artistically wraps around each full-color image, is perfect for every young Jewish child or grandchild, from tot through early elementary--plus, along with the music, it's a perfect gift for a newborn baby, as well as being that just-right story at havdallah pajama events.
The entire text is a poem that can be spoken or sung. The music recording starts out sung by an adult (the little squirrel's mother) and continues sung by a young child (the little squirrel), who includes the Sh'ma as part of the bedtime ritual.
Now it's time to say goodnight,
Soon the stars will twinkle so bright
High up in the heavens above
Shining down on each of us to show God's love...
Free song download here (right click on the link and scroll to "save link as" to save onto your computer)
Sleepytime Sh'ma: A Jewish Child's Lullaby storybook 32-page picture book printed on heavyweight paper includes sheet music (melody line and chords) on the last two pages. Currently available only from this site! $9.95 + shipping ($2 per order plus $4 per book) 8.5 x 8.5, 32 pp., full-color illustrations, ISBN 978-0-9843817-1-5, published by Chai Notes Publications, first printing 2014.
What others say about Sleepytime Sh'ma: A Jewish Child's Lullaby
"Carol Boyd Leon gives us a beautiful way to help our children snuggle into bed. The book and song are like one big goodnight hug."
-- Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of God's Paintbrush and Creation's First Light
"Sleepytime Sh'ma is like a warm, cozy blanket of love. The stars shown floating in the bedroom help young children feel God's presence while children take a moment to reflect on their own acts of loving kindness and give thanks for their blessings."
-- Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Shirat Hanefesh, Chevy Chase, MD
"Carol Boyd Leon's gentle poem, illustrated so beautifully by Romi Caron, sends small children off to bed feeling loved and protected and surrounded by God's love. But what is truly special is that it also teaches that, young as they are, each child through simple acts of kindness plays a part in doing God's work here on earth."
-- Rabbi-Cantor Sharon Steinberg, a Women Cantor's Network founding member
Text to above image (pages 10-11): "Did you make the world a happier place by greeting everyone with your smiling face?"
Please note: The Sleepytime Sh'ma lullaby is an expanded version of the Sleepytime Sh'ma song from Gan Shirim/A Garden of Songs, Carol's collection of 70 Jewish songs for children.
Also note: Ready for the printer is an ecumenical version of Sleepytime Sh'ma: A Jewish Child's Lullaby entitled Snuggle into Bed: A Lullaby Prayer for children of all faiths. (The Snuggle into Bed song has already been professionally recorded.) Carol would like a publisher to show interest in it rather than publishing it herself. Know anyone who may be interested?