Celebrating Harvest

Ruth Nason. MMS Gold, $10.99 paper (24p) ISBN 978-0-237-54373-0
This educational primer, part of the Start-Up Religion series, presents why and how Christians and Jews celebrate harvest. Nason (Visiting a Mosque) combines short written descriptions with photographs and other illustrations on pages tinted with washes of pastel colors. A spread dedicated to “Harvest thanks,” for example, includes several photos: a close-up of sunflower seeds, a girl watering plants, a boy adding soil, a tractor plowing a field, and birds flying against a sunset. A drawing of a basket filled with produce appears beside the text, “What would you say thanks for?” Along a yellow ribbon at bottom run words in a vocabulary list: “harvest, thank you, God, believe, water, soil.” The “Harvest festival” page depicts children in front of a church sanctuary decorated with grapes, bread, and flowers, while the Sukkot pages show sukkahs from outside and inside, with information and questions. Ten aspects of harvest-related celebrations are treated on full-spread pages, while back matter gives information for parents and teachers including new words, suggested activities, and recommended websites. An informative and engaging introduction with interfaith application. Ages 3–5. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/21/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
Genre: Children's
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