cover image Many Days, One Shabbat

Many Days, One Shabbat

Fran Manushkin, illus. by Maria Monescillo. Marshall Cavendish Children's/Shofar, $12.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-7614-5965-1

Manushkin and Monescillo's beautiful book teaches concepts and culture at the same time. The titular theme of "many and one" is repeated on each two-page spread that presents from a child's perspective ordinary activities ("one box, many colors"; "one shirt, many buttons") in a household as the family prepares for a Shabbat celebration with friends. Monescillo's illustrations use simple lines, but her scenes have detail, offering a visual complement to the narrative that highlights the actions of readying for Shabbat. The book is a selection of the PJ Library, which supports materials for parents to teach their children about Judaism. It will work well at home for families and also in religious education classes. Ages 3%E2%80%938. (Oct.)