New Month, New Moon

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

It’s Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new month in the Jewish calendar! In celebration of this monthly event, a family goes out to the Negev Desert to camp out and observe the moon. A photo essay about the changing phases of the moon and their relationship to the Jewish calendar, this beautifully photographed book explains the basics of the Jewish calendar, which is based on the moon rather than the sun. Instructions for building a papier mache moon are included. This book is the fifth in Kar-Ben’s “Nature in Israel” holiday series by this author/photographer team.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF049110, JNF038080, JNF026090
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9
Lexile 580
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Allison Ofanansky

Allison Ofanansky, born in the U.S., moved to Israel and became an Israeli citizen in 1996. She lives in the village of Kaditah near the mystical city of Safed, with her husband Shmuel and daughter Aravah. They enjoy hiking the hills of the Galilee, gathering and eating the fruits that grow there. They are involved in environmental and eco-peace projects.

Photographer: Eliyahu Alpern

Born and raised outside Chicago and now living in Israel, photographer Eliyahu Alpern has been interested in food, travel, and photography since childhood. He's been a musician, cougar rehabilitator, vegetarian chef, organic farmer and multi-media maven. His photographic specialty is 360-degree panoramic images of Israel. He lives in the Upper Galilee with his family.


Jewish Book World

“This book is well done and filled with facts that will integrate the holiday of Rosh Chodesh with the teaching of astronomy. In addition, children will develop an appreciation of the earth’s environment. This can be a perfect addition to a classroom unit on Israel or Rosh Chodesh.” — Jewish Book World

Kirkus Reviews

“A nice blend of planetary science and religious observance.” — Kirkus Reviews