Review: Apples, Apples, All Year Round: A Year of Jewish Holidays

Apples, Apples, All Year Round: A Year of Jewish Holidays

by Barbara Bietz & June Sobel, illustrated by Ruth Waters

Apples & Honey Press (imprint of Behrman House), 2022

Category: Picture Books
Reviewer: Suzanne Grossman

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Apples join the joy of Jewish holiday celebrations in this rollicking, perfectly rhymed journey through the Jewish year. Traditional apple treats include apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah, apple decorations for the Sukkah, applesauce to accompany Hanukkah latkes, apples in the Passover charoset and more, making this a book to share all year long. The artwork is bright and cheery, with lots of holiday symbols. Lively animal characters celebrating the special days will have young readers turning pages and coming back for more. Yum!

This book is eligible for Sydney Taylor Book Award consideration. The book has literary merit with its spot-on, smoothly rhyming, memorable text. Bright, lively digital art with adorable animal characters and bold clear text style make this a perfect fit for children ages one through six. With its connection to many Jewish holiday traditions, it has positive Jewish cultural content, making it valuable for the Jewish community as well as a wonderful introduction to Jewish holidays for children of all backgrounds.

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Reviewer Suzanne Grossman is happily retired after 30 years as a children’s library media specialist. She had the opportunity to share books, tell stories, and encourage the joy of reading with thousands of children. The moment when a child enters a story, experiences life as a character does and walks through the setting the author has created is magical. She is honored to have the opportunity to be part of the Sydney Taylor Shmooze, working to bring the best of the newest Jewish children’s literature into the lives of young readers. Having the gift of time, she now enjoys writing picture books and sharing them with children. Happy reading everyone!