Booklist's children's book editor, abundantly illustrated with Savadier's (The Uninvited Guest: and Other Jewish Ho"/>

JEWISH HOLIDAYS ALL YEAR ROUND

Ilene Cooper, Author, Elivia Savadier, Illustrator , illus. by Elivia Savadier. Abrams $18.95 (80p) ISBN 978-0-8109-0550-4

Written by Booklist's children's book editor, abundantly illustrated with Savadier's (The Uninvited Guest: and Other Jewish Holiday Tales) playful watercolors as well as color photographs of art and artifacts from New York City's Jewish Museum, this book strikes a tone both child-friendly and respectful. As the author thoughtfully explores the history and significance of the holidays and festivals of the Jewish year, she succinctly links these to traditions and rituals. For example, after explaining Sukkot and identifying it as an inspiration for the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving, she writes, "Today, each sukkah—fragile... open to the sky and the rain—reminds us that we eternally owe our thanks to God. The sukkah symbolizes our need for God's shelter." Instructions for holiday activities (crafts, recipes, etc.) are also included. Almost every page features at least one illustration, from a view of an 18th-century Galician Torah crown to a contemporary photo of a Harlem congregation blowing long, twisty shofars to a 1910 Rosh Hashanah "card" carved on a walrus tusk in Nome, Alaska. Savadier's vignettes, mostly of busy, happy people, underscore the liveliness of Jewish faith. All ages. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 09/30/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
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