Shabbat Is Coming!

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

Friday’s here. Jump and cheer. Shabbat is coming!

Told in simple rhyme, a family and their pet puppy eagerly prepare for Shabbat.

Introduce young children to Jewish life, Jewish holidays, and Shabbat with Very First Board Books.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV033020
Dewey 296.4'1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Features Reviewed

Author: Tracy Newman

Tracy Newman has written numerous books for children, including Itzhak: A Boy who Loved the Violin, which won a Schneider Family Honor. Her writing inspiration comes from her adventures raising her children. She lives in Connecticut.

Illustrator: Viviana Garofoli

Viviana Garofoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. A graduate of Escuela National de Bellas Artes Pridiliano Pueyrredon with a degree in fine arts, she has illustrated more than 70 children's books, including Peek-A-Boo Passover and the board book series A Jewish Holiday is Coming!


Kirkus Reviews

" . . . the bouncy verse and Garofoli’s richly colored, slightly three-dimensional cartoons against canvas-textured background provide a compelling introduction to the weekly celebration. This playful depiction of a loving family gathering is a suitable introduction for observant families." — Kirkus Reviews

AJL Newsletter

“While most Shabbat books for young children highlight the holiday rituals and symbols—the candles, the wine, the challah—the simple, repetitive text in this board book focuses on the preparations before sunset: ’Friday’s here. Jump and cheer. Shabbat is coming.’ Braiding the challah, cooking, setting the table, cleaning up, bathing, and giving tzedakah (charity) is each given a page with a rhyming couplet and ending with the refrain, ‘Shabbat is coming.’ The culmination: ‘With candles bright, we greet the night. Hurray! Shabbat is here!’ The cheerful, textured illustrations depict a contemporary family, with Dad wearing an apron to bake the challah and cook the soup, and Grandma and Grandpa joining the family for Shabbat dinner. All in all, Shabbat is Coming! is a nice addition to board book collections in Jewish settings.” — AJL Newsletter

AJL Newsletter

“All in all, Shabbat is Coming! is a nice addition to board book collections in Jewish settings.” —AJL