He’s Here, He’s Here, He’s Finally Here
One of the gifts of the Internet has been the relationships formed that otherwise would never have happened. Lest you fear that Frume Sarah’s social life exists only online, I should point out that each and every one of these online friendships have solidified through face-to-face meetings.
One such interaction occurred last April at A Celebration of the Jewish Picture Book at the Skirball Cultural Center, an affiliate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Among the speakers was Laurel Snyder, whose writing I had long admired since reading Half/Life — Jewish Tales from Interfaith Homes. Having corresponded with her over the past couple of years, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet her face-to-face.
Laurel was everything in person that she reveals in her writing; refreshing, clever, honest, and fun. She had with her an ARC of her then-latest endeavour, Baxter the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher. With great excitement, she let me take a look. That was it; I was hooked.
A pig as the protagonist of a book about kashrut? Unthinkable. Impossible. On the other hand, who better to walk the reader through the basics of the Jewish dietary laws as well as get a solid understanding of the joys of Shabbat?
And now Baxter is as close as your nearest bookseller (brick-and-mortar or online). Do not tarry.