Written and illustrated by Rinat Hoffer
Translated from Hebrew by Noga Applebaum
Green Bean Books; ages 4-8
Be prepared to be enchanted with this gently rhyming poem-story for Rosh Hashanah by one of Israel’s most acclaimed writers and illustrators. A young girl’s new pair of shiny shoes for the Jewish New Year comes in an ordinary box that is tossed aside and forgotten; until the box makes a reappearance and is repurposed through a year’s worth of holidays.
The story has a touch of magic that bursts off the page through Hoffer’s colorful animated illustrations. This is an endearing story that kids will enjoy reading again and again.
“And There Was Evening
And There was Morning”
By Harriet Cohen Helfand
and Ellen Kahan Zager
Illustrations by Ellen Kahan Zager
Kar-Ben Publishing; ages 3-8
A lovely retelling of the Jewish story of Creation in rhyming couplets introduces young kids to the Biblical story of how the world came to be, from darkness to light.
The captivating illustrations are drawn using Hebrew letters and words. The back page is a simple illustrated dictionary of Hebrew and English words.
– Penny Schwartz