Green Bean Books

Sheep Says Shalom

Written by Ann D Koffsky

Price: £10.99 / $13.99
Pages: 10
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781784389079


  • An endearingly simple tale for young readers
  • A foldout board book, with vibrant illustrations of animals and nature
  • An easy introduction to reading about Jewish faith and culture
  • Introduces young readers to Hebrew in a way that is not only easy-to-understand, but enjoyable too


The word ‘shalom’ means three different things: ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ and ‘peace’. In this sweet,

simple tale, Sheep experiments with this triple meaning as she goes about her day on the farm.

The sun is rising, and we follow Sheep as she stops to say ‘shalom’ (‘hello’) to each of her friends: ‘Shalom, Cat’, ‘Shalom, Cow,’ ‘Shalom, Horse’, ‘Shalom, Duck’. ‘Shalom, Sheep’, they all reply!

When the day comes to a close, Sheep realises she can use this same word to say goodbye to all of her friends, as well: ‘Shalom, Cat’, ‘Shalom, Cow,’ ‘Shalom, Horse’,

‘Shalom, Duck’. ‘Shalom, Sheep’, they reply once more!

As she tucks herself into bed that night, Sheep remembers that ‘shalom’ has one more meaning: ‘peace’. And with that, surrounded by the moon and the stars, she falls into a peaceful night’s sleep.

Sheep Says Shalom is a heartwarming story for young readers, introducing them to Hebrew, teaching them about the joys of learning a language and giving them insights into the Jewish faith and culture. Children will be captivated by this foldout board book with colourful illustrations of animals and nature.

Author Details

Ann D. Koffsky is the author and illustrator of more than forty books, including What’s in Tuli’s Box?, Under the Sea Seder, Sarah Builds a School, the Kayla and Kugel series, Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor and Shabbat Shalom, Hey. Several of her books have been PJ Library selections, and her book Noah’s Swimathon received a Sydney Taylor notable designation from the Association of Jewish Libraries. Ann lives in West Hempstead, New York, USA, with her family.


In this clever accordian-fold board book, deceptively simple text introduces the three meanings of the Hebrew word “shalom” – hello, goodbye, and peace. As a preschool librarian working with babies through five-year-olds, I am overjoyed with this book, which will work even with the youngest listeners!’ — My Completely Unofficial 2024 Sydney Taylor Book Award Shortlist, The Book of Life podcast