Mitzi the dog takes a ride to the Shalom Home and watches from the window as the children bring “New Year wishes” along with challah, apples, and lemonade to the elderly residents. “Games and stories to be told, fun for people young and old — but not for…DOGS” until the nurse invites Mitzi inside where, to everyone’s delight, she brings her own “doggie New Year wishes.” Colorful textured collage illustrations accompany the simply rhyming text and cheerfully depict a contemporary, multi-cultural cast of characters. Rosh Hashanah is never mentioned or explained limiting the audience to children already familiar with the holiday and the concept of mitzvot. However, the book will have widespread appeal in Jewish preschool settings and with families who have participated in the type of mitzvah project with their own dogs. It should be noted that the pages of this 8×8 inch board book are thinner and flimsier than the publisher’s previous offerings. Recommended for ages 1 – 4.
Rachel Kamin is the Director of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois. A past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, Rachel is currently the co-editor of Book Reviews for Children & Teens for the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. She holds a BA in history from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Michigan.