Yom Kippur Shortstop
In a story Inspired by Sandy Koufax, a Little League ballplayer must choose between playing an important game and attending synagogue on Yom Kippur.
2018 Sydney Taylor Notable Picture Book
It's a speedy drive over second base.
I jump and catch it.
My whole team shouts,
"Jacob, you saved the game!"
It's Jacob's third year in Little League, and he's never missed a game. The championship game is coming up, and his team is counting on him. But then he finds out the game is scheduled on the holiday of Yom Kippur. The game is important. Yom Kippur is important, too. And Jacob has a decision to make.
Jacob's story was inspired by the Los Angeles Dodgers' star pitcher Sandy Koufax, who sat out a 1965 World Series game on Yom Kippur. He was a hero to people everywhere who have made difficult decisions in order to observe their religious holidays.
About the Author
David A. Adler is the author of more than 250 books for young readers, including the popular Cam Jansen and Young Cam Jansen series, and many books on Jewish topics. He lives in Woodmere, New York.
About the Illustrator
Andre Ceolin is a self-taught illustrator from Brazil who started sketching around the age of four when his father brought home some reams of paper from work. As a young father, he was drawn to the spontaneity of the imagery in children’s books. Since then, he has illustrated more than 20 books.
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