Heller's muted folk-art illustrations enhance this explanation of major religious observances; the book includes a Jewish calendar and a brief glossary. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
- Marilyn Courtot
Beginning with the a Jewish calendar which is based on the moon, and comparing it to the Julian calendar, readers understand why the dates of Jewish holidays can vary so much each year. That said, the book begins with the Sabbath and Rosh Hashanah and ends with Tishah Be-Av. It also mentions six other holidays and includes a glossary. The book is light on facts as the author notes in the opening, but filled with the feeling and emotions that these holidays evoke. The soft pen and ink illustrations with watercolor washes convey scenes of families celebrating.