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PAGE 20 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Best Wishes a Happy New yeav! /,om 'Teel Good Bar-B-Q" 2605 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite C Maitland, Florida 32751-7139 By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA) ---They may not know who she is, but if a generation of young people has grown more comfortable expressing their views about God, they may want to thank Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Ten years ago, Jewish Lights Publishing had the foresight to publish Sasso's first children's book, "God's Paintbrush." The house has just issued a 10th anniver- sary edition of the book, a children's best seller that launched a second career for Sasso, a full-time prac- ticing rabbi. "God's Paintbrush" has been credited by many in the field of children's publishing with spawning a mini-industry of books for children encouraging spiritual inquisitiveness and curiosity. In the decade since she hit the best seller list with "God's Paintbrush," Sasso has accu- mulated a noteworthy litany of accomplishments. She has now published a total of 10 books, all award winners, that have been endorsed by religious leaders and educa- tors of all faiths. Over 100,000 copies of "God's Paintbrush" are in print, in addition to more than 300,000 copies of all 10 books--which have been translated into Hebrew, Spanish, German and Ital- ian. In July, Sasso was the key- note speaker at the annual conference of the Church and Synagogue Library lFor over 23 years, TooJay's Gourmet Deft has specialized in holiday traditions. Whether you've got a houseful this Rosh Hashanah, or you'll be dining with us, invite TooJay's to your celebration. Our traditional holiday meals are sure to please the entire family. 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Old Winler Garden Road "May their memories be a blessing" I PARKING ON Morton Jones Road. If you have any questions call the Woodlawn office at 407.293-1361. Association, where she was awarded the Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contributions to Children's Literature. Sasso's literary career began to take shape 16 years ago when she was taking a class in religion and children while work- ing toward her doctor of ministry degree. "I decided to write about God for children," she said, speaking from her office at Beth-El Zedeck in India- napolis, where she shares the rabbinical pulpit with her husband, Dennis. In 1974 Sasso became the sec- ond woman to be ordained as a Reconstructionist rabbi. "I couldn't find any mate- rial that I wanted to use with my own children at home or with the children I was teaching at the synagogue," she said. "I didn't think it was going to be a book," she continued. Whenshe finishedwriting, her husband encouraged her to publish the book. "I said, 'Are you sure?' " Sasso recalled. Following her husband's suggestion, Sasso was in- spired to pursue a publisher for her book because, "there was nothing out there that helps young children deal with the issue of God in a way that's open and that encourages a conversation that's not preachy." Six years later, when she was about to file the whole project in the bottom drawer she never looks at, a publisher finally responded. He liked the book a lot, Sasso said, and had only one question: "Can you take the questions out?" Sasso's simple text, plac- ing God's creations in the everyday world children ex- perience-blades of grass, hurt feelings, echoes in the wind--includes questions along the way, asking chil- dren to ponder and discuss their own ideas. In one section, for ex- ample, a mother and father tuck a young girl into bed with her teddy bear. After receiving her mother's kiss, the girl says: "All these good feelings, I think, are God's touch. What does God's touch feel like to you? How can you help God touch the world?" Though Sasso wasn't pleased about remov- ing the questions as per the publisher's suggestion, she acquiesced. "I said 'OK,' but I wasn't happy the book," she As it publisher book. She next the manuscript Lights, then a lishing questions. The [ When th~ ed Sasso she said you do one thing put in some ( story Sasso "The kids tell me are the 10 years of very sales later. "It's a s to a sermon." SasS embellished with hued, gloriou illustrations Compton. While Sasso book to appeal to ent faiths, it is grounded in myJ~ and my Jewish ing," she said. Books that spoke only to ish communit the Christian Sasso said. But, "No books about God for faiths, that they and color with faith tradition," was hoping to people while we color different paintbru all searching for similar. The opportunity to to how we are dren explore the questions, "Wh Why do people hate?" 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