Original illustrations by Debbie Veinshtein.
In this colorful and creative children’s work, Daleski highlights and answers the hard to ask questions about God and his existence through the dialogue between a father and his daughter. This book serves as a unique learning tool for which every parent can address the fears and feelings children struggle with in terms of God.
About the Author: Gil Daleski was born in Jerusalem in 1954 and has always lives in the Holy city. He studied psychology and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and worked as a Group Dynamic Leader. He is also the author of many poems. Is God Sad? was inspired by the author's intimate conversations with his three daughters and his intense interest in the subject over many years.
The conversation between father and child is lovely; the questions posed are thoughtful and the responses sensitive and reassuring. It can serve as a model for parents who may not quite know how to answer the inquisitive young mind.
The illustrations - beautifully varied and so colorful - complement the tenor of each of the questions; at times they demand an ethereal expression and, at other times, something more 'down to earth'. The book displays an excellent partnership between storyteller and illustrator.
There are two points that I would bring to your attention, the first being the conversation between pages 10 and 13. When Tamar asks if G-d can see her (p.10) the accompanying picture can be interpreted as 'eye like'. Following that (p.13) the father remarks that 'G-d does not have any eyes'. This might be visually confusing to a child.
The second point pertains to the name of the book. As I read , the story seemed so positive even when there were episodes like storms that harm trees; the father pointed out that something good can happen when nature is renewed. Even the discussion of death at the end was handled gently and optimistically.
Throughout the book one had the feeling of a positive, loving G-d who relates to us.
Perhaps a name like DOES G-D FEEL? or HOW DOES G-D FEEL? might be closer to the essence of this beautiful book which did not come across as 'sad'.
Compliments to GEFEN on the quality of the paper and colors both of which make your books so appealing.