A year of Jewish stories by authors Grace Ragues Maisel, Samantha Shubert, Tammy L. Keiser is quite comprehensive in regards to the amount of Jewish traditional subject matter on offer for children. It features 52 stories from the old testament as well as other Jewish folklore tales. Characters such as Moses are featured and others help to explain Jewish holidays and customs.
For the most part the stories are relatively short and easy for children at stage 2 level to follow. The large colorful illustrations would certainly help in assisting children to comprehend the subject matter. The stories are written in a fairytale style, which I also thought to be appropriate given the age range that I would be aiming at reading them too.
With this book I would consider reading it to the children instead of getting them to read it themselves, giving that some character and place names are a little difficult to pronounce. I think that as a comprehension exercise it might be a good idea to discuss with the children as a class what they thought the moral or the message of a particular story was. Overall, a very comprehensive and useful resource in teaching about one of the world’s major religions and it’s major figures.