Rosh Hashanah Is Coming!
Tracy Newman, illus. by Viviana Garofoli. Kar-Ben, $5.99 (12p) ISBN 978-1-4677-7988-3
This fourth holiday collaboration between Newman and Garofoli (previous books include Shabbat Is Coming! and Hanukkah Is Coming!) delivers a tender sensory introduction to the Jewish New Year. In rhymes with a repeating structure, Newman gently highlights the sounds, sights, and tastes that signal the holiday’s imminence (“Golden leaves fall./ Hear the geese call./ Rosh Hashanah is coming”), as well as customs like playing the shofar (“Blow out—not too fast!/ ‘Tekiyah!’ we’ll blast./ Rosh Hashanah is coming”). As in the previous books, Garofoli’s crisp-edged, canvas-textured artwork creates an inviting domestic backdrop for the festivities, while leaving the door open for adults to discuss the holiday in greater detail as they read. Ages 1–4. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/11/2016