Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays

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Celebrate the Jewish holidays with this rich compendium of facts, activities, and stories from around the world. Intended for the entire family, each of the ten holiday chapters introduces the reader to the wealth of history and ritual surrounding the holidays, a read-aloud section by such favorite authors as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Barbara Cohen, and a related song, recipe, or craft. With this unique anthology, families will enjoy acting out the story of Esther for Purim, baking hallah for Shabbat, building a ...
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Overview

Celebrate the Jewish holidays with this rich compendium of facts, activities, and stories from around the world. Intended for the entire family, each of the ten holiday chapters introduces the reader to the wealth of history and ritual surrounding the holidays, a read-aloud section by such favorite authors as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Barbara Cohen, and a related song, recipe, or craft. With this unique anthology, families will enjoy acting out the story of Esther for Purim, baking hallah for Shabbat, building a sukkah, and much, much more. Lavishly illustrated with scenes depicting holiday celebrations throughout history and the world, this comprehensive and handsome volume is the one holiday treasury no home should be without.

Recounts the history and rituals of ten Jewish holidays, including appropriate games, recipes, and songs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Opening with Rosh Hashanah, this oversize volume focuses on nine holidays and also discusses Shabbat, supplementing clear explanations with stories by such writers as Isaac Bashevis Singer, crafts and recipes, songs--even a play for Purim. "Truly a treasury," said PW in a starred review. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The unabashedly old-fashioned flavor of this oversized volume invites browsing as well as close reading of its profusely illustrated pages. Opening with a discussion of Rosh Hashanah, the book continues through the Jewish calendar, focusing on nine holidays and festivals from Hanukkah and Passover to Tu B' Sh'vat (``the trees' birthday'') and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day); there is also a section on Shabbat. In addition to her own absorbing, clear explanations, Drucker (Grandma's Latkes) assembles a lavish array of supplemental material, with poems and folktales by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Myra Cohn Livingston as well as recipes, songs, directions for holiday-related crafts-even a play for Purim. Patz's (Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses) watercolor illustrations, borders, and accent decoration further enliven the collection. Truly a ``treasury.'' All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
Many books present the Jewish holidays in some form or fashion, but here's one truly worthy of its title. It's a real treasure, not only for the children in the family but for the parents too. A 10-chapter anthology of Jewish holidays, this rich continuum goes well beyond ritual to a wealth of Jewish history and symbolism-a much needed and welcome source for parents. Additionally it includes related songs, recipes, crafts and read-along selections. Many of us who feel wise when it comes to holiday traditions, like making latkes and charosis, fall short at adequately answering all the "whys" that children ask. For instance, why do the rabbi and cantor wear cloth shoes instead of leather on the High Holy Days? Now I have the real answers to this and many other questions.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A collection of stories, songs, games, crafts, and recipes that connect children to 10 Jewish holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Head of the Year, and ending with the weekly celebrations of Shabbat, or Sabbath. To amplify and clarify their meanings, Drucker has brought together stories by various Jewish authors through the ages, as well as stories from the Old Testament. Narratives vary in quality of adaptation and translation; many of them are dry. Fortunately, Patz's watercolor-and-ink illustrations lend a sense of brightness and whimsy to a frequently heavy text. The craft instructions and recipes are clearly written, but none mention the need for adult supervision or help, and all need it. However, the author stresses in the introduction that this is a book for families to use together, so perhaps she feels the adult presence is understood. Having all of this material together in one volume will make the book a useful purchase for libraries, synagogues, and families.- Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
Stephanie Zvirin
ger for reading aloud. Organized largely according to the Jewish calendar (it begins with the once-a-year holiday of Rosh Hashanah and concludes with the weekly Shabbat), this fine collection of fiction and fact is ideal for family sharing. Drucker includes modern celebrations (such as Yom HaShoah) as well as holidays that have long been part of Jewish history. Information on holiday history, traditions, and terms shares space with stories, poetry, plays, songs, games, recipes, and crafts. The recipes and craft suggestions are the book's weakest part. Instructions, which are actually quite clear, appear in a narrative form that is slightly off-putting, and the illustrative watercolors are more decorative than instructive. The selection of fiction is rich, with much having been previously published (Schwartz's "Mrs. Moskowitz and the Sabbath Candlesticks" and selections from "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl", for example), and there's a helpful glossary to round things out. A wide-ranging, enjoyable anthology that can be used by independent readers, parents, and teachers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316193436
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 177
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Malka Drucker is the author of more than 20 books for adults and children, including several about Jewish traditions. She is also the founding Rabbi of the HaMakom synagogue in Santa Fe, NM.

Nancy Katz is a Baltimore-born artist and children's book author and illustrator. Her paintings have been featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art and in other regional exhibits. Nancy has also lectured about children's book writing and illustrating at the Smithsonian, in several college programs, and at educator and librarian conferences across the country.

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