Monday, September 26, 2011

21 years in the making

When I was a toddler my mom wrote a story about Rosh Hashanah. She wrote it to help little children understand what this hooplah over a "New Year" was all about. It compared old things and new things to gently and appropriately explain to young minds what and why we celebrating. 

That began a new endeavor for my mom of writing her own "big books" for use in her nursery school . She wrote one for pretty much every Jewish holiday, they were illustrated by my sister or from graphics in magazines or coloring pages. 

It was always her dream to get them published, which would require redoing the art due to copyright laws. She was never able to nail down an illustrator and her dream stayed a dream. 

Quite a few years ago she began writing for Torah Aura Publishers, working with a friend to write weekly reader type materials about the Jewish holidays and values for nursery schools. 

Suddenly, my mom's amazing dream for her books was back on the table. She brought them her big books and they agreed to publish the first book, the Rosh Hashanah book.  So without further ado I give you an amazing project 21 years in the making. My mom's first book, published, available for purchase and now being used in nursery classrooms as the holiday draws near! 
My mom's name on a book! She's published articles and other materials before, but a book! A book she dreamed up and wrote 2 decades ago, one that she never gave up on. I couldn't be more elated for her. This was her dream and she made it a reality. Hopefully her other books will see the same reality and be published soon! 

To big books and a sweet new year!! I am so proud of you Ima!

15 thoughts on the matter:

{ T G L } said... {Reply}

How cool is that! Yay for tenacity :)

A hearty mazzal tov for your mother and l'shanah tovah, chatimah tovah for you and your loved ones.

This Good Life

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Woo hoo! SO happy for your mom. :) When Noam goes to school and they read to him that book. he'll probably be very happy to tell them that his grandmother wrote it. :)

freckles & dimples said... {Reply}

what a cool story to share! Good for your mom...what an accomplishment!

Jen said... {Reply}

That's awesome! So happy for your mom! I love stories of dreams coming true.

Life with Kaishon said... {Reply}

I want one. Do you have a link to purchase it? I will go over to Amazon right now. My best friend David is Jewish and I want to make sure Kaishon understands all of the Jewish holidays.

I am so happy for your mom Tamar. I am crying.

tinajo said... {Reply}

That is SO awesome - tell her congrats for me! :-)

Rachel said... {Reply}

That is insanely exciting! I love that God planted that dream in her heart and it is now bearing fruit!

Would love to see the book - I have much to learn myself! :)

Leovi said... {Reply}

undoubtedly a very interesting book, congratulations for your mother.

Pieces of Sunshine said... {Reply}

Wonderful to read this. Your mom is an inspiration! How very good this is.

Chic Homeschool Mama said... {Reply}

Now that is some exciting news!!!!! Congrats to her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan said... {Reply}

How neat is that!

What an exciting time coming up as you celebrate your new year!!

Hope your day is blessed♥

Anita Johnson said... {Reply}

Please tell your mom congratulations from me! I too, tried to get a book published many years ago...not an easy task! How exciting to see it finally as she dreamed so many years ago! Great story!

urban muser said... {Reply}

a lovely story. very inspiring! go mom.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said... {Reply}

That is SO cool! Congrats to your mom. What an inspiration!

Bek said... {Reply}

Wow! What an accomplishment! What a great example what might happen if you don't give up on dreams!