Measuring a Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story (Hardcover)
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From award-winning author Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrator Zara González Hoang comes Measuring a Year, an engaging picture book about celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mark the beginning of the Jewish New Year. They offer a chance to think about the present and the past, to “measure” a year and ourselves.
This sweet and thoughtful picture book, perfect for reading aloud, invites young readers and their families to take stock of the happy times and the occasional regrets, as well as the new friends made and new skills gained over the year. Happy New Year! Shana Tova!
“The watercolor, colored pencil, and digital artwork portrays a diverse cast of children experiencing a variety of memorable moments throughout the year . . . [a] sweet, accessible book.” —School Library Journal
Includes an author’s note featuring additional context about Rosh Hashanah and its customs.
About the Author
Linda Elovitz Marshall has been a sheep farmer, early childhood educator, anthropologist, and indie bookstore owner. Her books have been Sydney Taylor Notable Award winners, as well as Junior Library Guild, PJ Library, and National Science Teacher Association selections. Recent titles include Anne Frank: The Girl Heard Around the World, Talia and the Very YUM Kippur, and Good Night, Wind: A Yiddish Folktale. She and her husband raised their family in a 250-year-old farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley.
"The watercolor, colored pencil, and digital artwork portrays a diverse cast of children experiencing a variety of memorable moments throughout the year. . .[a] sweet, accessible book."
— School Library Journal
"The cheery art, created with watercolor, colored pencil, and Photoshop, presents a lovely display of humanity—perfect for a new year, every year, and every day."
— Kirkus Reviews
"A gentle tribute to the hope and possibilities of new beginnings—in the New Year season, the opening of school, and even 'the start of each new day”: all are opportunities to “push the ‘reset’ button, and begin (once again) to be better.'"
— Publishers Weekly
"Hoang’s warm and friendly colored pencil, watercolor, and digital cartoons have the inviting appeal of a scrapbook album, with detailed scenes full of relatable experiences, from learning to tie shoelaces to attending special community events like a wedding or bar mitzvah."