All the World Praises You!

Coming July 15, 2018!
I have created All the World Praises You to celebrate the birth of my first grand-child, Dalia, and have smiled through every minute with pen and paint-brush! Dalia’s great-grandfather, the celebrated scholar of Hebrew literature, Arnold J. Band, has prepared melodic new Hebrew translations and transliterations, so that everyone, regardless of Hebrew proficiency, can enjoy all the poetry. And, you’ll see below how Dalia and I join you on every page!
ISBN 978-0-9857996-7-0
hardbound with gate-fold cover, opening at center
32pp, full color throughout
$19.95 (US)

Please click here if you would like to receive updates on the book’s progress, or order an advance copy personalized for your favorite child! (Information collected here is private: I do not share your data.) If you represent a book vendor, please contact Will Fancher at IPG, by email or at 312.337.0747 ext. 205.

Advance Praise for All the World Praises You

“This charming and enchanting aleph-bet book, created so lovingly by Debra Band, offers magnificent illuminations and text that can be appreciated by the youngest child while offering a multi-faceted vehicle for Torah study for students of all ages and backgrounds.  What a wonderful source of inspiration for havurah discussions and a sweet introduction to Jewish study with my young grandchildren!
Alma Hadash Geiger, Director Emerita, Nierman Preschool, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla, California

“An illuminated Hebrew alef-bet to dance between ancient story and modern spirit, this book is a gift for the imagination.”
Shira Kline, ShirLaLa performance and ritual artist

“A wonderful and charming Hebrew alphabet primer for art-loving adults.  As with all of Debra Band’s work, a combining of beautiful, delicate, artistic expression and thoughtful readings of tradition.  A magnificent gift for anyone who loves Hebrew!”
Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School, Hebrew College (Boston), author, The Heart of the Matter: Studies in Jewish Mysticism and Theology

“In All the World Praises You, Debra Band has created a book for children age 1 to 120! Every page is a visual feast built around one letter of the Hebrew alphabet. For a child learning to read Hebrew, there is the letter itself, an opportunity to sound it out, and a vocabulary word that is part of the book’s exploration of Perek Shira. What is striking to me is that accessibility of the book to a wide range of ages, backgrounds, religious observance and Jewish identity.  From a young learner through to an expert in Hebrew language and text, the beautiful artwork is alive with energy and allegory.”
Jonathan Cannon, Lead Consultant, Educannon Consulting.

What’s Inside?
All the World Praises You
is inspired by the charming medieval Jewish work, Perek Shira (Chapter of Song), an anthology of eighty-five  verses praising God taken from across the Hebrew Bible (plus a few passages of later sacred texts)…placed into the mouths of diverse natural phenomena. In the 24 vibrant illuminated paintings within  All the World Praises You wonders of the natural world exclaim biblical praises of God, offering hours of warm delight for young children and parents,  and inspiration for all who love Hebrew and Torah, for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and for adults seeking fresh spirituality—a book to which you and your children will return throughout your lives!   Enjoy…

•    Introduction to the Hebrew alphabet (no Hebrew skills needed)

•    Introduction to basic concepts of Jewish spirituality

•    Delight in the environment that we humans share with all of Nature on our “big blue marble,” Earth

•    Discussion points geared to cozy children’s bed-time reading

•    Detailed explanations of texts and symbolism for older age groups will be available on this website (see below).

The twenty-five paintings (and one paper-cut) presented here also introduce your child to one of the great Jewish art traditions, that of the Hebrew (and here, English) illuminated book. Since the advent of the bound book in the tenth century, the tradition of text illumination—illustrating and decorating the beloved words with gold and color—has honored Jewish sacred books such as haggadot and prayer books by turning every thought and word into a precious and intimate work of visual art. Christianity and Islam also have similar grand traditions. Like my “grown-up” books (click on the links above), these original illuminated paintings are created on kosher calfskin vellum, with ink, gouache (opaque watercolor), and gold and palladium leaf. Just as in my other books, honeybees (my name, Debra, derives from the Hebrew word for honeybee) lead you through the colorful pages, here accompanied by small dahlias, honoring my young grand-daughter.

Additional Commentaries on Website

This book will be read and enjoyed by people at many different age and education levels. As publication nears, on this webpage you will find links to concise explanatory commentaries geared to
Elementary School Students
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Age Students
Adults and Havurot

In each of these sections you will find (prior to the July 2018 release) specially prepared commentaries that explain the paintings’ visual symbolism, related biblical allusions and texts, and points for discussion useful at each stage. These web materials will include thumbnails of the paintings, but you will need to have the book with you to see the pictures properly. Transliterations of the Hebrew are offered adjacent to each painting on each page.
There’s more to come….have fun!

Want an artist’s book discussion or reading—in person or on-line—at your school, synagogue or community center group following publication on July 15, 2018?  Please contact me for more information.



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