Happy Birthday, World: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration

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Children's Literature
First 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.
—Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-Kropf's simple text compares a child's typical birthday celebration with the rituals of Rosh Hashanah. Instead of eating a birthday cake, apples are dipped in honey; instead of party horns, the shofar is blown; and instead of getting presents, tzedakah, or charity, is given to people in need. Each spread shows a small image of the birthday ritual and a much larger image of a contemporary family observing Rosh Hashanah. The soft-focus art is bright and cheerful. The second book begins, "Grab a shovel./Pick a spot./Plant a tree,/It's Tu B'Shevat!" and continues as a boy and his family plant a tree; say a blessing; enjoy the shade, the fruit, and the birds; and watch the sapling grow. The delightful, sophisticated illustrations aptly depict the beauty of nature. Jewish nursery schools and synagogue libraries will want to add these titles, as will other libraries in which there is a demand for Jewish holiday board books.-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929371320
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Very First Board Bks.
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 285,567
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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