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Just Right – The Story of a Jewish Home

Published Date: August 24, 2012

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Sara Kranz
7 x 10


It is a big adventure for Rivkie and her family to move into an empty new house.  Soon the moving truck arrives.  The furniture, carpets, plants, toys and clothes all get put away in their respective places, and the family starts to feel at home.


That is – until Rivkie discovers that something is missing.  She leads everyone into each room determined to make everything “just right.” By working together, the whole family helps to put in place all the important, familiar objects that turn an ordinary house into a special Jewish home.


Small children will enjoy seeing Shabbos candlesticks in the dining room, Jewish books in the den, tzedakah boxes in the kitchen, and Chanukah menorahs in the living room.  When everything seems just right, Rivkie insists that something is still missing.  Finally, they all help put up the mezuzahs to finish transforming their new house into a real Jewish home.


A glossary of unfamiliar words is included in the book.


Just Right – The Story of a Jewish Home

Written by Ellen Emerman, illustrated by Sarah Kranz

ISBN: 978-1-945560-45-3

Softcover / pages 32 / Ages 3-7 / List Price $12.00



Available in paperback POD edition from Amazon.


Hardcover edition – Published November 1999: ISBN: 0-922613-91-5 / LCCN: 99-65608




Author Information

About the author:


Ellen Emerman has a bachelor’s degree in child development from the Ohio State University and a Masters from the University of North Texas. Ellen has worked as both a preschool teacher and a children’s librarian in a Jewish day school in Dallas. She inherited her love of reading and writing from her parents who surrounded their children with books. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ellen now lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and five daughters.

Illustrator Information


About the illustrator:


Sarah Kranz studied at the Instituto Europeo di Designe in Milan, Italy and at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem.  She has been freelancing for clients in both Europe and the United States for the last two years.  Just Right is the second book Sarah has illustrated for Hachai Publishing.


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