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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Final spread explains significance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as marking the beginning of the Jewish New Year. One picture of a Jewish wedding, one of a bar mitzvah. A picture at the end shows kids and adults eating the holiday's symbolic foods, apples and honey; those foods appear on endpapers too. But nothing is explained about them in the text. Hebrew phrase "Shana tova!" (a wish for a good year) appears at the end but is not translated.
"This New Year season offers the opportunity to think of past mistakes, apologize, push the 'reset' button, and begin (once again) to be better. Other opportunities include the secular, Lunar, Islamic, and Hindu New Years, birthdays, and the start of each school year. And, of course, the start of each new day."
Positive Role Models
The adults shown are kind and cheerful. The kids are mostly upbeat but are also shown having bad and sad moments.
Very diverse cast of characters and family members, with kids and adults of various skin tones and hair types. Some family members appear to be Black, some Asian, some White. There's a kid who uses a wheelchair. The person who officiates at the wedding appears to be a female rabbi. There appears to be a male couple at the final celebration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Linda Elovitz Marshall's Measuring a Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story, illustrated by Zara González Hoang, is a cheerful picture book that celebrates the holiday -- Jewish New Year -- by inviting readers to contemplate what stands out when looking back over the past 12 months in their lives. The art is lively, and the driving question of "How do you measure a year?" is intriguing.
Is It Any Good?
This upbeat picture book asks provocative questions that should be good conversation starters for kids and adults. Measuring a Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story is a fun holiday book, but it's also a clever way to get kids to think about all the changes and accomplishments in their lives as time passes: What stands out as important, what has the most meaning for them, and what could they have done better? There's a lot of substance in this book, delivered with a light touch and Zara González Hoang's kid-friendly, cartoon-like illustrations.
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