Good Yontif: A Picture Book of the Jewish Year

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Follow a Jewish family through the changing seasons in this richly illustrated book on the Jewish holidays. Full color.

Information about the various Jewish holy days throughout the year precedes a series of illustrations showing a young boy and his family celebrating each holiday.

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Feldman, Lynne 1997 Hard cover Illustrated. New in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 32 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

Follow a Jewish family through the changing seasons in this richly illustrated book on the Jewish holidays. Full color.

Information about the various Jewish holy days throughout the year precedes a series of illustrations showing a young boy and his family celebrating each holiday.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Beginning with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, a boy and his family celebrate the holidays and festivals of the Jewish religion in this nearly wordless volume. Folk art-inspired paintings brimming with religious symbols do all the work here, as each holiday is introduced by only its English and Hebrew name. Younger children and their parents will enjoy locating such traditional items as Torah scrolls, shofars, challah bread, prayer shawls, menorahs and dreidels as they turn the richly detailed pages. Older children will likely want to pore over the scenes on their own. Feldman's bold use of rich colors and patterns compensates for her often misshapen or disproportionate human figures, and the overall visual effect is appealing. A lengthy notes section offers a bounty of information about the various celebrations and their significance.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beginning with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, a boy and his family celebrate the holidays and festivals of the Jewish religion in this nearly wordless volume. Folk art-inspired paintings brimming with religious symbols do all the work here, as each holiday is introduced by only its English and Hebrew name. Younger children and their parents will enjoy locating such traditional items as Torah scrolls, shofars, challah bread, prayer shawls, menorahs and dreidels as they turn the richly detailed pages. Older children will likely want to pore over the scenes on their own. Feldman's bold use of rich colors and patterns compensates for her often misshapen or disproportionate human figures, and the overall visual effect is appealing. A lengthy notes section offers a bounty of information about the various celebrations and their significance. All ages. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This is a picture tour through the Jewish festival year. There is no text save the labeling in the holidays presented both in English and Hebrew. At the back of the book, though, there is an extended explanation of the picture tour describing the holidays and the ways they are celebrated by one young boy and his extended family. For sharing with children in a family or religious school setting, this book has lots of potential in terms of both sharing information and discussion.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2The title of this wordless picture book is taken from a Yiddish expression: "Gut yontif, gut yohr," which loosely translates to "(Have a) good holiday (and a) good year." It shows how one family celebrates Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simhat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, Shavuot, and Shabbat. Each holiday is covered in two-to-four page spreads with its name provided in English and Hebrew. The imaginative art is wonderful; it's done in vibrant purples, dark reds, greens, and black, outlined in a fine black ink line, and is as tightly patterned as an oriental rug. However, few of the pictures are self-explanatory. Children must examine the art closely to separate the images and to make sense of them and they must also know what they symbolize. For example, the sound of the shofar is represented as red dots on blue smoke and the Book of Jonah is alluded to by a large red goldfish spewing Jonah into waves. Except for youngsters who have been carefully taught about each holiday, the images may be unfamiliar. This book is best used in Jewish homes with a knowledgeable adult explaining each picture. Brief notes on the illustrations appear at the back of the book. Michelle Edwards's Alef-Bet (Lothrop, 1992) and David Adler's Picture Book of Jewish Holidays (Holiday, 1981) both show families enjoying the Jewish holidays and are more accessible to youngsters.Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761301424
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Single Titles Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.35 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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