Here is the World

here is the worldHere is the World
by Leslea Newman; illus. by Susan Gal
48 pages; ages 4-7
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014

Beginning with the naming ceremony and weekly observance of Shabbat, this book celebrates a year of Jewish Holidays. And published just in time for the beginning of a new year – Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening.

“Here are some clouds and a cool autumn breeze.
Here are the leaves, falling down from the trees.
Here is the shofar, its sound pure and sweet.
Here are some apples and honey to eat.”

As the seasons turn, the soft, warm illustrations invite us to join in the family’s celebrations: Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover .

There is something for everyone in this book, whether you are celebrating the holidays or seeking information for a school report. There’s a great section at the back that includes notes on the holidays and crafts and recipes for each ceremony: noodle kugel for Yom Kippur, latkes (of course!), a noisemaker for the Purim parade and – for those of you who are still looking for the perfect way to welcome the new year, potato-print cards for Rosh Hashana.

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