The Biblical account of Rivka is a well known story. Avram sends Eliezer with 10 loaded camels all the way across the desert to find a wife for his son Yitzchak. He wants a really special bride; she is to be the one of the mothers of the Jewish people. Eliezer devises a test; the right girl would need to show kindness not only to him but also to his camels.
In the telling of this beloved story, Dina Rosenfeld has combined the Biblical account with additional background taken from the Midrash. The laical text and Ilene Lederer’s fabulous artwork create a book that children love to read again and again.
First published in 1991, this story has been translated into Russian, Italian, Portuguese, German with additional languages in the works.
Kind Little Rivka
by Dina Rosenfeld illustrated by Ilene Winn-Lederer
ISBN: 978-0-922613-44-1 / LCCN: 94-102067
Hardcover 32 pages / Ages 2-5 / List Price $10.95
Publication Date; November 1991
About the Author:
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:
A native of Chicago, Ilene Winn-Lederer attended the Museum School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. A former adjunct professor of illustrations at Carnegie-Mellon University, she continues to create original illustrations for many editorial and advertising clients. Ilene is also well known for her solo exhibitions of unique Judaic imagery and limited edition lithographs inspired by Torah, Midrash and Hebrew legend. She maintains a studio in Pittsburgh, PA, where she happily balances work, family and a love of learning.