cover image Shh... Sh... Shabbat

Shh... Sh... Shabbat

Linda Elovitz Marshall, illus. by Evgenia Golubeva. Kar-Ben, $5.99 (12p) ISBN 978-1-4677-5873-4

Alliterative rhymes carry readers through a noisy week that culminates in a serene Shabbat celebration. On each page, Marshall (Talia and the Rude Vegetables) introduces animals taking in the action. “On a hither-thither Thursday/ Thrush hears/ Thumping, bumping basketballs,/ Thundering voices, laughs, and calls,” she writes as newcomer Golubeva’s cheerful digital illustrations show children playing outdoors. A golden dome and other familiar structures suggest the setting to be Jerusalem, and a closing scene of a Shabbat dinner in a family’s “peaceful, quiet home” strikes a gently reverent note to lead into readers’ own observances. Ages 1–4. [em]Author’s agent: Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis. Illustrator’s agent: Plum Pudding Illustration Agency. (Apr.) [/em]