Is there a good children's parsha book that's focused on pshat, not midrash?

Something like a Little Midrash Says, but based on just the psukim (simple verses), not all the medrish?


If your children are in a school that uses any portion of the Tal-Am Hebrew program, their parshat hashavua books for 3rd-4th-5th grades are superb. They are keenly aware of the difference between pshat and drash, and in fact their 5th grade book has a section each week that sensitizes kids to the difference between pshat and drash. The 4th grade book has a question each week on the parsha, presented with 2-3 answers from different commentaries, ranging from Rashi, Ramban, Ibn Ezra to Rav Hirsch and even Da'at Mikra.


For younger children: My First Parasha Reader

The 5 volume set is widely distributed.

Authored and copyrighted 1993-1997 by R' Moshe Weissman. Ill. by Sarah Rothman/Tova Leff.

Published by Bnay Yaakov Pub. 1742 E 7th St. Bkyn, NY 11223 (718) 376-5903.

  • How pshat-vs-midrash is this? For instance, what wrestles with Jacob -- a man or an angel? – Shalom Oct 10 '10 at 2:10
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    "In the night, Yaakov met an angel. The angel looked like a man." It doesn't mention saro shel Esav. This is probably pshat according to most. – YDK Oct 10 '10 at 3:17
  • Do you have any bibliographic information on this book? – msh210 Jul 27 '12 at 19:05

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