Apples, Apples, All Year Round!

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$17.95  $16.69
Apples & Honey Press
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8.03 X 8.03 X 0.39 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

loves picture books for the way they awaken the wonder of words in
children and keep the child alive in adults.
Creating books for the very young pre-readers is her passion. She is the
author of more than 10 picture books, including the best-selling THE GOODNIGHT
TRAIN series. June enjoys exploring the
world, hiking, and photography. Her website is junesobel. She lives in Westlake Village, California.
Barbara Bietz is an award-winning
author and the creator of the website JewishBooksforKids where she interviews
authors, illustrators, editors, and more. Barbara is a former chair of the Sydney
Taylor Book Awards committee (Association of Jewish Libraries). When she isn't writing,
Barbara enjoys playing guitar and building dollhouses. She lives with her
family in Southern California.
Ruth Waters creates illustrations using
collage, decorating the paper by hand using brushes, rollers -
even old toothbrushes - to create unique textures. As an
author/illustrator she has five published picture books and been shortlisted
for the World Illustration Awards 2019 and 2020, Children's Book Category. She
lives in England.


This deceptively simple story celebrates a year of
Jewish holidays using apples as the through line.
With sparse, rhyming text,
each spread celebrates a different Jewish holiday, beginning with Rosh Hashanah
and continuing through Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu B'shevat, Purim,
Passover, and Shavuot. While the minimal text doesn't explain much, each short
rhyme includes something about the holiday, whether it is the apples and honey
eaten on Rosh Hashanah or the trees planted on Tu B'Shevat. The illustrations
are collage style on solid white backgrounds. A fox, bear, and raccoon are
depicted fairly realistically, with a slightly cartoony feel. They wear no clothes,
but do sit at tables and wave flags. The simple, bold illustrations pop on the
white backgrounds and will catch and engage the attention of toddlers and
preschoolers. The sparse text and bright illustrations would work equally well
for a story time or a one-on-one reading.
The lack of explanation makes this
book most effective for a knowledgeable Jewish adult to share with a child; the
general appeal of food and holidays will speak even to the uninitiated. Brief
back matter includes a short author's note on the back cover. VERDICT This will
be a welcome addition to Jewish schools and libraries looking for holiday books
for their youngest readers. Public libraries will benefit from including this
title as well.
PreS-K- -Amy Lilien-Harper, School Library Journal