Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
- Reading age: 4 to 8
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Canadian Jewish Literary Award Winner
National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids
School Library Journal Best of the Year
Tablet Best of the Year
★ "A vibrant life story, with imagined conversations and brilliant illustrations, that will find a home in every collection"—School Library Journal (starred review)
★ "This dynamic and respectful picture book envisions the life of a prominent 17th-century Jewish leader who defied gender norms."—Shelf-Awareness (starred review)
"A rich portrait of an early female Jewish hero."—Publishers Weekly
"Osnat and Her Dove is an inspiring story of a young Jewish hero, filled with wonderful cultural, religious and historical detail. It's a testament to the power of knowledge and the importance of parental support."—BookPage
Osnat was born five hundred years ago – at a time when almost everyone believed in miracles. But very few believed that girls should learn to read.
Yet Osnat's father was a great scholar whose house was filled with books. And she convinced him to teach her. Then she in turn grew up to teach others, becoming a wise scholar in her own right, the world's first female rabbi!
Some say Osnat performed miracles – like healing a dove who had been shot by a hunter! Or saving a congregation from fire!
But perhaps her greatest feat was to be a light of inspiration for other girls and boys; to show that any person who can learn might find a path that none have walked before.
About the authors
Sigal Samuel is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist, essayist and playwright. Currently a writer and editor for the Jewish Daily Forward, she previously worked for The Daily Beast. She has also published work in The Rumpus, BuzzFeed, The Walrus, and This Magazine, among others. She has been a featured writer at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, a winner of Room Magazine's writing contest, and a two-time finalist in Event Magazine's nonfiction contest. An accomplished playwright, Sigal has written and produced six plays in Montreal, Vancouver and New York, two of which garnered national awards. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in Brooklyn.
“A rich portrait of an early female Jewish hero.” -Publishers Weekly,
“The striking and vibrant illustrations in “Osnat and Her Dove” pull young and old readers alike into Osnat’s world.”-The Times of Israel,
[STAR] “A vibrant life story, with imagined conversations and brilliant illustrations, that will find a home in every collection”-School Library Journal (starred review),
“An exploration of Jewish heritage and mysticism; a deeply feminist but not at all didactic tale with magical prose. It’s adorned with gorgeous, vibrant gouache illustrations, full of colorful loose patterns created by the Israeli-Romanian artist Vali Mintzi. Mintzi’s fluid brush line brings the characters to life and there’s a particularly gorgeous spread of Hebrew letters.” -The Jerusalem Post,
“Mintzi’s illusÂtraÂtions have an astonÂishÂing beauÂty. This remarkÂable book conÂveys both Osnat’s unusuÂal life, full of conÂtraÂdicÂtion, and the truth about women’s potenÂtial. When encourÂaged to flourÂish, Osnat and othÂers like her can heal the world.” -Jewish Book Council,
"Samuel tells about Osnat’s extraordinary life and seamlessly weaves in some of the many legends and miracles that were part of her life story. Fact and legend become one in an inspiring story of an exceptional woman." -Kirkus Reviews,
[STAR] “This dynamic and respectful picture book envisions the life of a prominent 17th-century Jewish leader who defied gender norms.”-Shelf-Awareness (starred review),
“Osnat and Her Dove is an inspiring story of a young Jewish hero, filled with wonderful cultural, religious and historical detail. It’s a testament to the power of knowledge and the importance of parental support.” -BookPage,