Havdalah Is Coming!

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

The ninth in the popular Jewish holiday board book series by Newman and Garofoli, a family and their puppy celebrate Havdalah, the weekly ritual celebrating the end of Shabbat and welcoming the new week.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017090
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Lexile 350
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!


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“I like that it keeps explaining that Havdalah is coming throughout the book so that children will understand better what is being taught about in this book. I like that the family wants to include friends in the Havdalah celebration when it starts.” — Jill Harris

AJL Newsletter

“This is the ninth in the series, and it provides a good introduction to Havdalah, the end-of -Shabbat ritual that is often overlooked by non-observant families. Different aspects of the ritual are shown: ‘Braided candle we’ll light to brighten the night. Havdalah is coming.’ All males are wearing kippot. Everyone looks like they are having a great time. — Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles, CA


“Family and neighbors celebrate the end of the sabbath day, which is called Havdalah. The full-color art features round-faced people doing customary practices such as putting out the candle. This has a nice, repetitive text that will engage toddlers and offers information about Jewish customs.” — BayViews

Kirkus Reviews

“This simple, family-centered account of weekly observance should be welcome in many Jewish homes.” — Kirkus Reviews