I Share My Name

Xist. Nov. 2022. 30p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781532432194.
K-Gr 3–Meet Jojo—a young Jewish boy who shares his name with several family members. Jojo explains that his middle name is Nissim, and everyone in his family calls him Jojo Nissim in order to differentiate from his relatives. Not only that, Jojo Nissim’s oldest cousin is referred to as “Big Jojo,” while his other cousin is called “Jojo-Man,” due to his love of superheroes. Jojo Nissim describes each of his family members in detail, along with special activities they share and enjoy together. He also notes that the best part of sharing their name is their grandfather, who they lovingly call “Papa Jojo.” The whole family gathers at Papa Jojo’s on Friday evenings for Shabbat dinner, where they share a delicious meal and blessings. Back matter includes a note describing the Sephardic Jewish tradition of naming male children after their grandparents. Chehebar’s text ranges from two to four engaging sentences per spread, while Galstyan’s colorful illustrations capture the joy and love shared among all the members of Jojo Nissim’s family.
VERDICT Sure to prompt fruitful and rewarding discussions on the topics of family names and customs, this title will find a home in many collections.

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