Good Yontif : A Picture Book of the Jewish Year
Illustrated by Lynne Feldman
32 pages, 30 full color illustrations
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Good Yontif is a visual celebration of the Jewish year. The reader follows one family through the cycle of holidays and festivals which punctuate and thereby define Jewish life. Conceived by author Rose Blue, the story is told through the art of Lynne Feldman. The book is wordless, but the illustrations portray the life of one family in such rich detail that we begin to know them. There is something very familiar about Bubba (the grandmother) as she arrives for each holiday, wrapped in her colorful shawl and laden with holiday objects. We can almost place the synagogue where the family worships. And their seder is one in which all Jews have participated at some time in their lives. The holidays are named in both English and Hebrew and additional background information about each one is provided by the author's notes at the back of the book. For a story that is told with only holiday names, Good Yontif speaks loudly to all with a traditional Jewish past and beckons to those who wish to create a cultural heritage for future generations.
- notes from the book jacket
A single family celebrates the Jewish holy days in brilliant drawings whose wealth of detail and bold color speak for themselves. There is drama in the portraits of moured beloved ones displayed on Yom Kippur, the gentle slope of a young mother's pregnancy growing from holiday to holiday until, at a peaceful Shabbot table, we see a new infant in a father's arms. Wordlessly, the message of Jewish continuity is communicated; vividly the joy or rejoicing is recreated.
- Hadassah Magazine
Beginning with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, a boy and his family celebrate the holidays and festivals of the Jewish religion in a nearly wordless volume. Folk-art inspired paintings brimming with religious symbols do all the work here, as each holiday is introduced only by its English and Hebrew name. Younger children and their parents will enjoy locating such traditional items as Torah, scrolls, chalah bread, prayer shawls, menorahs and dreidels as they turn the richly detailed pages. Older children will likely want to pore over the scene on their own.
- Publishers Weekly