From the author of Harvest of Light comes another fantastic photo essay that brings Israel to life in a family’s celebration of Sukkot. Readers will join the family and other community members as they create a sukkah, and journey to collect the necessary elements to celebrate Sukkot: the lulav, aravot (willow), hadas (myrtle), and etrog. The hills of Tzefat provide the beautiful setting for many of the photos, introducing the landscape of Israel in a refreshing way. The story ends with a family meal in the Sukkah. The photographs are stunning and the accompanying text is succinct and readable, perfect for a read aloud in school or at home. A “Fun Facts” and “About Sukkot” section at the back of the book add to the educational value of the book. The only weakness of an otherwise outstanding book is the lack of a full-view photograph of the completed sukkah. For ages 3 – 8.
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Barbara Bietz is a freelance writer and children’s book reviewer. She is currently a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. Barbara is the author of the middle grade book, Like a Maccabee. She has a blog dedicated to Jewish books for children at www.BarbaraBBookBlog.Blogspot.com.