Shabbat Is Coming

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$5.99  $5.57
Kar-Ben Publishing (R)
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6.4 X 6.4 X 0.2 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

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.
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!


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

-- "Magazine" (2/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

A Jewish family makes busy preparations as Shabbat (or Sabbath) approaches.

The text consists of rhymed couplets describing the activities, all followed by the title line as refrain: 'Friday's here. / Jump and cheer. / Shabbat is coming.' A boy, a girl, their mother and father, one set of grandparents and a helpful family dog gather to complete such tasks as braiding challah dough, setting the table, tidying up and putting coins in a special bank. The final line announces that 'Shabbat is here!' as the family gathers at the dining-room table, where two candles, wine and challah adorn the table. Parents looking for a book to provide specialized Shabbat vocabulary will have to look elsewhere (for example, the challah bread and the practice of making tzedakah, donations for the needy, are not named or even labeled within the art). Despite this minor quibble, 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.
(Board book. 1-4) -- Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal" (2/26/2014 12:00:00 AM)