By Barbara Diamond Goldin, pictures by Jeanette Winter
When Daniel discovers that Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the creation of the World, he decides the World deserves a birthday party. His big sister thinks he is crazy, but Daniel is determined to have a party with a cake and lots of candles, for, as the kindly baker says, "After all, the world is no spring chicken."
Retellings of traditional tales from Jewish folklore and legend related to major holidays, such as Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, and Purim. Six of the selections are from traditional sources; one, ``The Magician's Spell,'' about Sukkot, is original.
The vivid writing makes this one good to read aloud
Uncle Jake blows the shofar, or ram's horn, twice at services during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This book is filled with the sounds, sights, tastes, and meaning of the holiday experience.
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.