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My books combine enthusiasm and wonder with concise and impactful language.

— Chaya Bluma Gadenyan

Creative Children's Books with Games!

Getting Ready for Shabbat! Let's Make Soup!

To help get ready for Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), a young boy (modeled on our eldest grandson who is now 5 ½ years old) joyfully chooses and interacts with ingredients his grandma (yours truly ☺) adds to their pot of soup in this colorful picture book. Following the story, readers can enjoy interactive activities and links to on-line games to further enrich children’s experience of “Getting ready for Shabbat!” Clear explanations of the observance of Shabbat are included. I also share the recipe for my favorite Shabbat soup combining traditional Ashkenazi flavors with the richness of Persian Ghormeh Sabzi.

For ages 3-7 /   8.5″ x 8.5″ /   48 Pages 

ISBN 978-965-598-448-4 (hardcover) | 978-965-598-441-5 (paperback) | 978-965-598-449-1 (ebook)

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Girl's Names from the Hebrew Bible

Your child can color scenes from the Hebrew Bible featuring 18 important women alongside their names in Hebrew.

From our four founding mothers, Sarah, Rivkah, Leah and Rachel, to Queen Esther, from yearning for freedom in Egypt with Miriam and Batya to Jewish independence with Noa and Michal, this coloring books supports meaningful creativity.

Each spread also includes a modern-day girl of the same name written in English wearing modest clothing. The characters celebrate the range of ethnicity of the Jewish people.

For ages 3-12 / A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) / 36 Pages

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About the Author

Chaya Bluma was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Maryland.  After graduating from Rice University, she made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel. For over thirty years, she has been blessed to call this country home. Chaya Bluma is an enthusiastic EFL educator and an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). “Getting ready for Shabbat! Let’s make Soup!” is her first book.

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About the Illustrator

Eugenia is a self-taught children’s book illustrator. This career has enabled her inner child to flourish despite the world’s harshness. To date, she has illustrated over a dozen picture books. In all of them, she focused mainly on the characters and visually expressing their emotions. Soon after immigrating to Israel, Eugenia was fortuitously approached by Chaya Bluma. Both feel that their symbiotic collaboration on this book is a great, unexpected gift.

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After many months of preparation, I’m thrilled that both the hardcover and paperback versions of “Getting Ready for Shabbat! Let’s Make Soup!” are available!
If you live in Israel, please call or WhatsApp to purchase copies directly or to schedule an interactive story time and book signing – 053-4377949.

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Meet the Author

Advance purchase of at least 20 books entitles you to a complimentary in-person meeting with me and an activity at your location (in the greater Jerusalem area).


Recording studio – Create your own audio book. Copies of the digital file will be made available to all participants for non-commercial use within a week of the event. Suitable for children from age 3 as well as their beloved family members.

A taste of Persia – Learn how to prepare and sample three delicacies of the Jews of Iran: Ghormeh Sabzi, Persian rice and Kebab Berenji. I’ll bring along prepared food and you’ll return home with experience and clear recipes.  Ingredients and cooking utensils to be provided by host.

If you live elsewhere, please contact me with your proposed idea for a get-together. If possible, we’ll find a way to make it work!

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More About the Author

I’ve been fascinated by reading since I can remember myself. One of my earliest memories is of sitting in the backseat of our family’s car in Pittsburgh, PA. Can you imagine — there were no car-seats for toddlers back then. Thank goodness I survived! Suddenly, I realized that I could understand the text written on signs we drove past!

Throughout my elementary school years, my Mom would take me to a public library in Maryland about once a week. I would almost lose myself in the riches I could simply borrow from their shelves. I completed each visit with a stack of books literally up to my chin. I won’t be offended if you call me a book worm.

I know now that many people struggle to learn how to read. One of my primary goals as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) educator is to pave the way to learning English successfully. Here in Israel, I lead groups of Hebrew-speaking kindergartens in songs and games so that they will become familiar with the sounds of English even before they try to learn to recognize the letters. This is how we naturally learn a language – by first associating a string of certain sounds with meaning. 

Fast forward a few decades and I’m now a grandma. Fortunately, books still thrill me. I confess to having bought many more than a few picture books to enjoy. One of my greatest pleasures is to camp out with my grandchildren on the sofa with a stack of beloved titles beside us. Fortunately, they enjoy doing that too! Even the youngest happily picks out his favorite board books and brings them to me.

It’s both a joy and honor to create my own picture books and share them with readers around the world. I aim to combine enthusiasm and wonder with concise and impactful language. Centuries of Jewish tradition ground my work while the hope to inspire others elevates me.  I would be grateful if my words encourage and empower children. I would love my books to foster self-confidence, creativity and resilience. I’ve been blessed to find a talented illustrator who has made my vision reality.