Rosh Hashanah Is Coming!

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

Introduce young children to Jewish life with Very First Board Books.

Crack the eggs. Hear the sound?
Make this braided challah round.
Rosh Hashanah is coming.

This sweet board book celebrates the Jewish New Year, and is the fourth in Tracy Newman’s Jewish holiday series. As Kirkus said of Shabbat is Coming!, a previous book in this series, “. . . the bouncy verse and Garofoli’s richly colored, slightly three-dimensional cartoons against canvas-textured background provide a compelling introduction to the weekly celebration.”

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV033020, JUV043000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Lexile 270
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!


AJL Newsletter

“Two young children celebrate the Jewish New Year by making a round challah, blowing the shofar, dipping apples in honey, delighting in a juicy pomegranate, putting on new clothes, and enjoying a festive holiday meal with family. As with its predecessors, Shabbat Is Coming! (2014), Hanukkah Is Coming! (2015) and Passover Is Coming! (2016), the detailed computer‐generated, cartoon
illustrations are bright and cheery and rhyming couplets are included on each page followed by
the refrain, ‘Rosh Hashanah is coming.’ The final spread depicts the children looking out their
window at the starry night sky and concludes: ‘Together we cheer: Shana Tova! Happy New Year!
Hurray! Rosh Hashanah is here!’ While there is no mention of the family attending synagogue, this
is a nice, fresh addition for holiday board book collections and preschool classrooms.”—AJL

JTA (Global News Service of the Jewish People)

“Families can usher in the Jewish New Year with this colorful and lively toddler board book, the fifth in the Kar-Ben board book series on Jewish holidays by Tracy Newman and Vivian Garofoli (including ‘Shabbat is Coming!’ and ‘Passover is Coming!’). Young kids braid a round challah, blow the shofar, set out apples and honey, and enjoy a juicy pomegranate as they get ready to celebrate the new year.”—JTA

Kirkus Reviews

“Newman’s simple, rhymed couplets describe each scene with economy and are punctuated with the repeated refrain, ‘Rosh Hashanah is coming.’ Garofoli’s jewel-toned art, which looks as though she created it using a computer, is pleasingly animated and accessible. A simple and joyous introduction to an important holiday.”—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Garofoli’s crisp-edged, canvas-textured artwork creates an inviting domestic backdrop for the festivities, while leaving the door open for adults to discuss the holiday in greater detail as they read.” — Publisher’s Weekly