Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' Name Amen by James Howe
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"When I was new, my grandpa was very old."
When Emily was two, her grandpa sang songs to her. When she was four, he read her stories. When Emily is five, her beloved grandfather dies. Her family decides to remember him in two ways: with a Christian funeral, because Grandpa was Christian, and a Jewish service, because Emily's family is Jewish. Both ways are beautiful. But Emily finds a way of remembering her grandpa that is just as beautiful and meaningful...and that's all her own.
In this tender story for all families a young girl learns how to say goodbye to her grandpa without letting go of his memory.

About James Howe

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James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself.
Published April 1, 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His Christian family will remember Grandpa with a church funeral and later, Emily’s family will hold a Jewish service reciting Kaddish, the prayer for the dead.

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After the family flies home, Daddy decides he wants to remember Grandpa "in a Jewish way, too" and lights "a special candle that burned through the night," invites people to come over and listen to his and Mommy's stories about Grandpa and join the rabbi in "a special prayer called the Kaddish."

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