|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||12|
“A sweet board book, age-appropriate for the youngest listener, introduces an adorable dog who is searching for her role while visiting a nursing home with her family. The adventure begins with a happy, excited dog looking out the back window of the family car. As the family arrives at the ‘Shalom Home’, she is not allowed to enter the building and must wait outside. Mitzi is constantly pushed aside until a perceptive nurse sees an opportunity for pet therapy that is not to be missed. Mitzi allows herself to be petted, sits on patients’ laps, and licks their empty dinner dishes. The occasion for visiting, it turns out, is to help the residents observe Rosh Hashanah. Representational pictures show scenes familiar to the young reader, including challah, apples, and honey, and a tefillin bag in one picture. The tone of the story is nurturing and happy, and the Jewish content, though subtle, is present throughout, particularly in the illustrations. Other books in this very successful series include Tikkun Olam Ted, The Opposites of My Jewish Year, and many others.” — AJL Reviews
American Jewish World
“Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group headquartered in Minneapolis, continues to release a variety of delightful holiday books for young readers. Among the offerings this year are a well-intentioned puppy, an apologetic Sesame Street character and two books from the Sammy Spider series.
Mitzi is a very happy dog who loves to see her friends at Shalom Home. In this story, she visits during Rosh Hashana and helps the elderly residents celebrate the Jewish New Year.
And she brings her ‘doggie New Year wishes,’ which include ‘wagging, snuggling, giving kisses’ and even licking some empty dishes.
The illustrations by Holli Conger are wonderfully unique and capture the spirit of this good-natured and loving dog that author Gloria Koster, a school librarian and children’s book reviewer, has created.
I’m Sorry, Grover
I’m Sorry, Grover is the final volume in the Shalom Sesame series, which is a partnership between Kar-Ben and the Sesame Workshop (9-28-12AJW). In this adventure, Grover and Cookie Monster are in Israel to celebrate Rosh Hashana with their friends.
Among Grover’s Israeli friends is a monster named Brosh who has lost his favorite wooly cap – and suspects someone may have taken it. In his search to find it, Brosh learns a valuable lesson about how to say ’I’m sorry’ and be a better friend in the new year.
This book continues the tradition of well-told stories and familiar Sesame Street characters who learn new things and meet new friends in the Jewish state. And in addition to some information about the authors at the end, the book also includes some basics about Rosh Hashana.
Sammy Spider’s First Book of Jewish Holidays
This first Sammy Spider book, released in honor of the character’s 20th anniversary, is designed for the newest members of the tribe. With simple text and colorful illustrations, the popular Sammy Spider learns the basics of what is celebrated each holiday.
Rouss chooses the major holidays, from Rosh Hashana to Shavuot, and each page includes an accompanying image. It’s a great way to identify each holiday with one simple fact.
Sammy Spider’s First Yom Kippur
Even though spider’s don’t go to synagogue and don’t blow shofars, Sammy Spider is very curious about the shofar Josh Shapiro has made at school. Sammy’s curiosity leads his mother to tell him all about Yom Kippur, the holiday on which people tell each other they are sorry for hurtful things they have said or done.
Sammy Spider learns even more about the holiday as he observes Josh do something naughty. Both Josh and Sammy learn a valuable lesson about apologies and forgiveness.
This book has a lovely story to illustrate the holiday of Yom Kippur, complemented by Katherine Janus Kahn’s one-of-a-kind artwork. And it includes some additional information about the holidays at the end.” — American Jewish World
Illustrator: Holli Conger
Holli Conger has provided illustrations for everything from greeting cards to children's books. She approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any face. Holli lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Author: Gloria Koster
Gloria Koster is a school librarian for the New Canaan, Connecticut public schools. She is a regular reviewer of children’s books for School Library Journal. Her previous books include The Peanut-Free Café (Albert Whitman). She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She splits her time between Pound Ridge, New York and Pownal, Vermont. When she is not writing or devouring children’s books, Gloria can be found knitting, baking, taking long walks, and enjoying time with her family.