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Children's LiteratureFirst board books have as their mission the introduction of elementary concepts to very young children, and this one does its job very cleverly. By beginning, "Everyone celebrates a birthday. Guess what special birthday it is?" the author hooks any child from the outset. She then continues with the alternating refrain of "On your birthday, you..." and "On this birthday, we..." to introduce a toddler to Rosh Hashanah's basic customs. Apples dipped in honey, lighting candles "but you don't blow them out," blowing the shofar, giving charity, and going to synagogue are all covered. And the uncluttered illustrations also include the custom of tashlich, throwing crumbs of bread into a stream to suggest tossing our sins away before the new year. Sturdy and colorful, this book makes a nice choice for the very young at holiday time. 2005, Kar-Ben, Ages 1 to 3.