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Title:
Here is the world : a year of Jewish holidays / by Lesléa Newman ; Illustrated by Susan Gal.
ISBN:
9781419711855
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Includes holiday recipes and crafts"--Cover.
Abstract:
The year's range of Jewish holidays and celebrations are presented in this repeating, rhyming chant that features key succinct elements for each.
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Summary

Here is the world, ever changing and new,
Spinning with joy at the wonder of you!
Here Is the World is a joyous celebration of the Jewish holidays throughout the year for young children. Beginning with the weekly observance of Shabbat, readers join a family through the holidays and the corresponding seasons. From sounding the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to lighting the menorah for Chanukah to rattling a grogger for Purim, and on through the Jewish year, the joy and significance of each holiday beautifully come to life. In addition to the narrative text, there is a description of each holiday in the back matter along with an easy craft or recipe.

Praise for Here is the World
"Both lovely and eminently useful."
-- Kirkus Reviews

" Illustrating the change of seasons, Gal's charcoal and digital collage images effervesce with cheery colors, moving from the radiant gold, yellows, and reds of autumn to the greens and blues of spring--with a stop in snowy winter for Chanukah, of course."
-- Publishers Weekly


Author Notes

Lesl#65533;a Newman is the author of more than 50 books for adults and children, including Abrams' The Eight Nights of Chanukah and A Sweet Passover , which were PJ Library selections. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Susan Gal's children's books have received starred reviews and other accolades, including a Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Berkeley, California.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

For an observant Jewish family, a year continually offers cause for celebration-especially when a newly arrived baby sister kicks off the cycle with a naming ceremony: "Here is the rabbi, with blessing to share./ Here is a wish and a hope and a prayer." The simple couplets, which begin with the repeating phrase "Here is/are," for a dash of liturgical rhythm, chronicle a year of togetherness in the home, in the synagogue ("open to all"), and in the outdoors: "Here is the shofar, its sound pure and sweet," she writes about Rosh Hashanah, "Here are some apples and honey to eat." (In keeping with the lighthearted mood, Yom Kippur is represented by a delicious "break-fast.") Illustrating the change of seasons, Gal's charcoal and digital collage images effervesce with cheery colors, moving from the radiant gold, yellows, and reds of autumn to the greens and blues of spring-with a stop in snowy winter for Chanukah, of course. A glossary, crafts ideas, and recipes conclude the book. Ages 4-7. Author's agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agent: Morgan Gaynin. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Simple rhyming couplets describe the major Jewish holidays and life cycle events in a child's first year--from her naming ceremony to a summertime Shabbat--and connects them to the changing seasons. On double-page spreads, sumptuously colored charcoal and digital-collage illustrations capture the warmth and love in a family's celebrations. Further explanations of each holiday, crafts, and recipes are appended. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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