It isn’t easy for a young penguin to prepare for Rosh Hashanah. He has some of the same issues that many children do — asking forgiveness, getting along with friends — and some that are unique to the Antarctic — no bees to make honey, no trees to grow apples. This short, sweet book, complete with penguin photographs and an origami craft project is perfect for reading with a young child before Rosh Hashana to bring up and discuss what the Jewish New Year, forgiveness, and celebrating the holiday are all about. A unique twist on the topic, this book is frosty and fun.
Recommended for ages 3 – 6.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. She has lectured on a variety of topics relating to children and books and her greatest joy is reading to her grandchildren on both sides of the ocean. Michal lives in Great Neck, NY and Efrat, Israel.