It’s Tu B’Shevat

Edie Stoltz Zolkow­er; Richard John­son, illus.
  • Review
By – August 6, 2012
Not to be mis­tak­en as part of anoth­er set of hol­i­day books by Lat­i­fa Berry Kropf from Kar-Ben that all begin with It’s” (It’s Purim Time!), this is for even younger chil­dren. It is about a lit­tle boy and his fam­i­ly who plant a tree and think about the good things that trees pro­vide, like shade, clean­er air, a home for birds, and a place to hang a swing. The sim­ple rhyming text moves flu­id­ly from one page to the next and the slight­ly styl­ized illus­tra­tions, in a sooth­ing col­or palette, are serene. Most trees don’t grow as fast as the one in this sto­ry but the con­cept of year­ly growth is con­veyed nice­ly. For ages 3 – 5.

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Lin­da R. Sil­ver is a spe­cial­ist in Jew­ish children’s lit­er­a­ture. She is edi­tor of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries’ Jew­ish Val­ues­find­er, www​.ajl​jew​ish​val​ues​.org, and author of Best Jew­ish Books for Chil­dren and Teens: A JPS Guide (The Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Soci­ety, 2010) and The Jew­ish Val­ues Find­er: A Guide to Val­ues in Jew­ish Children’s Lit­er­a­ture (Neal-Schu­man, 2008).

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