cover image Rosh Hashanah Is Coming!

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.)