Storytime at Adventure

Say Hello, Lily

Jewish Culture and Stories
With Deborah Lakritz
Hosted by Robyn Shrater Seemann
September 27, 2020

Lily is painful­ly shy. But when her moth­er vol­un­teers at the Shalom House, Lily begs to come along. Every­one is friend­ly at the retire­ment home, but when they crowd around to say hel­lo, Lily is over­come by her shy­ness. Every­one at the Shalom House tries to help the young girl. “She’ll be ready when she’s ready,” advis­es Mrs. Rosen­baum, Lily’s neigh­bor until she moved to the Shalom House.

Lily returns to the retire­ment home with her moth­er each week, grow­ing a bit braver with each vis­it. She joins the seniors for exer­cise time and even is there dur­ing the par­ty for every­one with a May birth­day. But Lily’s birth­day is also in May, and she knows exact­ly whom she wants to cel­e­brate with. Say Hel­lo, Lily is a delight­ful sto­ry with sev­er­al impor­tant mes­sages. As timid chil­dren watch Lily over­come her shy­ness, they will feel empow­ered to do the same. The sto­ry also helps bridge the gap between young chil­dren and the elder­ly. The appeal­ing illus­tra­tions rein­force these themes with gen­tle, smil­ing faces of the seniors as they help Lily find her courage.

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Meet the Author

Deborah Lakritz

Deborah grew up in Skokie, Illinois in a cozy three-bedroom house. When she was little she loved to ride her bicycle all over her neighborhood, swim at Devonshire Pool, and spend time at the Skokie Public Library.

The Skokie Public Library has always been a wondrous place for Deborah. It’s where she showed her mother that she knew how to read for the very first time—sitting at a table in the children’s room! When she was a little older, it’s where Deborah discovered books like Beezus and Ramona and All-of-a-Kind Family, two of her all-time favorites, and when she was a teenager, she curled up in a special area of the library called The Unicorner and explored young adult books.

In college, Deborah studied to become a social worker. After getting her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, she worked in schools, neighborhood centers and family service agencies, helping people of all ages, but mostly children.

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