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Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle

Reviewing: “Let’s Stay Healthy” by Bracha Goetz. The Goetz Bookshop LLC. 2021. 28 pages. ISBN-10: 1737094002.

Hashem gave us each the gift of a body to house a divine neshama. The book “Let’s Stay Healthy” gives children practical tools and examples about how to keep our wondrous bodies healthy. Each one of my children, with ages ranging from 2 to 14, enjoyed and learned from this incredible one-of-a-kind book. Written in Bracha Goetz’s signature delightful rhyming style with vibrant pictures illustrated by Racheli Davids, Goetz draws in the reader to explore a variety of ways to take care of ourselves.

After reading the book, my youngest daughter said, “Read it again!” and so we did, over and over. And what’s the most amazing part? Each time we read it, we learned something new. Whether noticing a creative illustration or internalizing a new takeaway message, we felt motivated to make good, healthy choices.

What is so phenomenal about this newest book of Goetz’s “Let’s Stay…” series is how we were able to apply the lessons of this book right away. My children started to check cereal ingredients, look for more fruit and vegetables to eat each day, exercise and of course, be more interested in washing their hands with soap since they understood why it is important. We are now well on our way to being a “Let’s Stay Healthy,” aka a “V’nishmartem” family—and we love it!

A delightfully upbeat tone pours out of the pages of “Let’s Stay Healthy,” motivating every child (and adult) to make healthy choices.

This is the 40th children’s book for bestselling author Goetz, who became a baalei teshuva after graduating from Harvard, studying at Harvard’s Graduate School of Public Health and attending medical school. Her books often explain deep and complex concepts in amazingly simple ways, so that children—and even adults, finally—can understand them. “Let’s Stay Healthy,” written in such a positive and encouraging way, is yet another transformative book with a message that can truly revitalize our homes.

“Let’s Stay Healthy” is available in Jewish bookstores, on Amazon, and online from the new website started by her youngest children: www.goetzbookshop.com.

By Dina Bacharach

 

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