In Awe-some Days: Poems About the Jewish Holidays, readers follow a sweet family of five and their community through the Jewish year, celebrating both well-known and lesser-known holidays. Each holiday is introduced with a descriptive poem that explains its traditions in a way that will resonate with children. Of Yom Kippur, author Marilyn Singer writes, “No cake, no honey, and for me, no soccer, no TV.”
Singer, who aims to be inclusive, pairs factual descriptions of the holidays with each poem. She mentions how more observant Jews celebrate the holidays, as well as how they are celebrated in Israel. The book ends with a note about the Jewish calendar and resources for more information.
Dana Wulfekotte, the book’s illustrator, brings each celebration to life with her detailed and relatable pencil drawings of a selfie-taking, mess-making Jewish family of five and their two pets, a cat and a bunny.
This engaging book is great, first and foremost, for families. But with its illustrations, poems, and accessible facts, it includes something for everyone.