Katy is always excited to make apple sauce with her mother for Rosh Hashana. Thisyear, she also has the arrival of a new cousinto look forward to. When baby Will’s birthpreempts apple-picking day, Katy tells afriend about her disappointment, and herfriend helps spread the word. Katy’s teacher,principal, rabbi, crossing guard, and friends each give her an apple, and soon she has enough to make applesauce with her father.She is excited to be able to share with herclassmates the next day, and sets aside a smalljar in the freezer for Will to enjoy when hegets old enough.
Young readers will identify with Katy’s anticipation of a cherished family tradition and share her disappointment at having the plans cancelled. Soffer deftly shows Katy moving from frustration to the pleasure of celebrating with friends and family, including the new baby in the fun. Seeing members of the community pitch in to help Katy, and following along as she and her father cook might inspire readers to start a new Rosh Hashana tradition. Includes an applesauce recipe. Recommended for ages 3 – 7.