The Opposites of My Jewish Year

The Opposites of My Jewish Year

by L. N. Dion, Julie Olson

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Joining the other successful "Very First Board Books" from Kar-Ben is this new offering with its opposites concepts. Each holiday in the year is depicted with symbols that are opposing: Rosh Hashanah has the shofar for LOUD and the prayer for QUIET; for Yom Kippur, "the fish was BIG, Jonah was LITTLE." This continues on through Sukkot, the harvest holiday; Simchat Torah, when the Torah is completed and begun again; Hanukkah with its candles; Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees; Purim with its masks and costumes; Passover with its favorite Seder traditions; Shavuot, the anniversary of the giving of the Torah to Israel and Shabbat with "this matzah ball is IN the soup, this matzah ball bounced OUT." Youngsters will delight in repeating the ups and downs, open and closed, and other illustrations of opposites, and the illustrations are quite adorable. A great gift for any time of the year, since each holiday is covered with its own page. 2005, Kar-Ben, Ages 1 to 3.
—Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-Dion uses the Jewish holidays to illustrate the concept of opposites. For example, "In synagogue on Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is LOUD; the prayer is QUIET." Readers will need to be familiar with the holidays and their associated rituals and objects to understand and appreciate the ideas. The artwork is sketchy and outlined in thick black lines, making it appear harsh and dark. However, Jewish nursery schools and synagogue libraries will want to add this title to their collections, as will libraries that already own Marji Gold-Vukson's The Colors of My Jewish Year (1998), The Shapes of My Jewish Year (2003), and The Sounds of My Jewish Year (2003, all Lerner).-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Kar-Ben Publishing
Publication date:
Very First Board Bks.
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 6.52(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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