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Children's LiteratureThis is a cute concept book that matches one specific sound to a primary custom of a Jewish holiday throughout the annual cycle. Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins the round with its well-loved sound of the Shofar. Sukkot follows with the "Swish, Swish" of the waving palm branch, the lulav, and Hanukkah is represented by the "Sizzle Sizzle" of the frying potato latkes, or pancakes. Other holidays covered are Tu B'Shevat (planting a tree), Purim (rattling a gragger, or noisemaker), Passover (crunching matzah), Yom Ha'atzmaut—Israel's Independence Day—(sounds of a parade), Shabbat (singing songs around the table and sniffing a spice box to say farewell to the Sabbath). The text is necessarily quite limited and there is no glossary, so some knowledge of Jewish customs would be helpful to the reader; but the pictures are cute and very effective so that children will chime in with the appropriate sounds, probably with squeals of delight as they turn the pages. This sturdy board book is likely to become a toddler's favorite—Kar-Ben has another winner. 2003, Kar-Ben, Ages 0 to 4.
— Judy Chernak