Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Vibrant cut-paper illustrations dominate large pages of this alphabetical introduction to the sights, sounds, and symbols of the Jewish holidays. There is lots of color and life in this alphabet book, but sadly, not much text. The limited text is amplified in the extensive appendix and glossary that conclude this little alphabetic treasure.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Fall holidays from other cultures are gaining better representation. Jewish holidays are gaining better representation than any others. Excellent for fall and all year round is Drucker's A Jewish Holiday ABC. Through the year we follow a family who is exuberantly involved in everything from filling the sukkah with fruits and vegetables to singing to the universe on Rosh Hashanah.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-- A compendium of Jewish holiday symbols and customs in the guise of an alphabet book that introduces selected terms. However, it does not teach the alphabet since key words are found within compound sentences. In no instance is the first letter of the name of the holiday used to demonstrate a letter : of the alphabet, nor are the holidays presented in the order in which they occur during the Jewish year. References to Passover are found in the letters A , M , P , and supposedly W . While almost all of the highlighted words pertain to elements of a holiday, they do not reflect the most important elements of the observance. The word xylophone , ``a gift for Chanukah,'' is highlighted for X and children who have left the seder table to wash their hands illustrates W . The illustrations, a combination of collage and colored pencil are well composed, beautifully textured, brightly colored, and attractive except for the faces. Both David Adler's A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays (Holiday, 1981) and individual holiday titles published by Kar-Ben are more informative selections for the same age-level. --Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City