You’re never too young to want to do a mitzva, especially one as important as visiting the sick. Little Eli would like to see his friend who missed school, but the boy has a cold that might be contagious. He asks to go along with his mother to the hospital to visit her friend, but the rule is: No children allowed. Then Eli’s father goes to see someone too weak for a lot of company, and once again, the little boy must be left behind.
In the meantime, Eli’s family consoles him with other ways of performing the mitzva of Bikur Cholim, such as making a phone call or sending a note. But for preschoolers and their parents, the suspense builds: Will little Eli ever be able to go on a Bikur Cholim visit and cheer someone up?
How this character finally resolves his problem is creative and refreshing – a solution that only a child can be brilliant enough to think of. The artwork that brings Eli, his family and their beautiful home to life is in colorful jewel tones and rich with detail.
Probably the only picture book that deals with Bikur Cholim in a way young children can appreciate.
Get Well Soon
Written by Dina Rosenfeld, illustrated by Rina Lyampe
Softcover / pages 32 / Ages 2-5 / List Price $10.95
Softcover Published Date: June 2020
Hardcover edition – Published September 2001; ISBN: 1-929628-05-6 / LCCN: 2001086739
About the Artist:
Dina (Devorah Leah) Rosenfeld was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Emil and Rita Herman who imbued her with a love of good books and encouraged her writing from a very early age. Dina attended the Yeshiva Achei Tmimim through high school and continued her Jewish studies in New York at Beth Rivka Teachers’ Seminary.
The author’s first books were born of necessity. As a preschool Hebrew teacher, she simply could not find age-appropriate, full color picture books for her 4-year-old students and decided to create children’s stories of her own.
The Very Best Place for a Penny and A Tree Full of Mitzvos were her first manuscripts to be accepted for publication thanks to the involvement of her husband, Shimon Aron Rosenfeld.
Dina went on to write numerous children’s books. Modern-day stories such as Labels for Laibel, On the Ball, All About Us, A Chanukah Story for Night Number Three, and The Very Best Book published by Hachai Publishing are some beloved favorites.
Her tales from Biblical sources, such as A Little Boy Named Avram, Kind Little Rivka and Dovid the Little Shepherd are used by teachers and parents to bring Torah heroes and heroines alive for the very youngest children.
Mrs. Rosenfeld’s books offer a variety of styles and sizes. She has collaborated with nine different artists and writes both in rhyme and in prose.
In addition to her own writing, Dina edits children’s books and oversees their production from first draft through the final layout stage.
Due to the popularity of her work, certain titles have been translated into Portuguese, Russian, German and Italian. The author is gratified that her books are read and enjoyed in homes and classrooms around the world.
Dina Rosenfeld, a member of the Lubavitcher community lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY with her family.
About the Artist:
Rina Lyampe, originally from the U.S.S.R. graduated from the Moscow Collage of Fine Arts. After immigrating to the United States she continued her career exhibiting her works at numerous shows all across the country. Among her recent projects are postage stamps designs and magazine illustrations. Get Well Soon is her first picture book for children.