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Celebrate! Stories of the Jewish Holidays
     

Celebrate! Stories of the Jewish Holidays

by Gilda Berger, Peter Catalanotto (Illustrator)
 

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Celebrate the Jewish Holidays with This Sparkling Collection of stories, recipes, crafts, and commentary. Find out the biblical origins of the eight major Jewish holidays and then learn about their backgrounds and ways to observe each one. Also included are easy-to-follow recipes and craft ideas designed to bring even more joy and fun to your holiday celebrations.

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Celebrate the Jewish Holidays with This Sparkling Collection of stories, recipes, crafts, and commentary. Find out the biblical origins of the eight major Jewish holidays and then learn about their backgrounds and ways to observe each one. Also included are easy-to-follow recipes and craft ideas designed to bring even more joy and fun to your holiday celebrations. Celebrate! can be shared among children, parents, and grandparents throughout the year, from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In a very personal introduction, Berger explains why she decided to create this holiday book. She tells readers that her family loves to celebrate and that books are very much a part of this celebrating. However, she couldn't always find something that was appropriate as a holiday reading. Thus, she has retold these stories and organized them based on the Jewish year beginning with Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah and closing with Shavut. To add even more interest, Berger has included information about what is being celebrated and how the celebration takes place plus activities and recipes for the special foods eaten on many of these holidays. The watercolors by Catalanotto include full-page illustrations that frequently play with bright light coming from the sky and smaller illustrations that focus on a special moment in each story. It is a collection that will appeal to those of the Jewish faith and is an excellent resource for those who may have wondered what all this celebrating is about.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up--This attractive book has many shortcomings. Berger has retold a story for each holiday of the Jewish year that explains the holiday's essence. All but one are from the Old Testament. A brief background on the holiday and its symbols, a short introduction to the customs and traditions associated with it, instructions for several crafts, and a recipe or two follow each selection. The conversational style used in the stories of Abraham, Jonah, and Moses results in a simplistic rather than a dramatic tone. Simchat Torah--the eighth day of Sukkot--is not mentioned. Many terms are not defined or explained, and no glossary is included. Explanations of some symbols and their meanings (the lighting of the Chanukah menorah and the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, for example) are not the traditional ones. Many of the crafts lack originality; most of them cry out for explanatory diagrams. Some of the recipes have unclear directions. Each chapter begins with a full-page watercolor representing the described holiday--Abraham holding Isaac, Jonah in the mouth of the great fish, etc. Catalanotto has painted them in subdued jewel tones with a softness that sometimes resembles colored pencil. Jane Yolen's Milk and Honey (Putnam, 1996), illustrated with charming oil-painted linoleum cuts, offers a shorter, more condensed background on each holiday, along with related information and activities. It is a better choice. Purchase Celebrate! if additional holiday material is sorely needed.--Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590935036
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 11.15(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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