Dina, Harry, and their baby brother, Marcus, move with their parents to a new town right before Rosh Hashanah. A series of mishaps keeps them from traveling back to celebrate the New Year with their former neighbors. They are gloomily unpacking boxes in their new home and are not looking forward to eating leftover pizza, so they are very happy when the Levines invite them to services and dinner. After enjoying the familiar services at the new synagogue, they have their favorite holiday foods, including challah and brisket, at the home of the kindly Levines. The Levines conveniently have grandchildren close to Dina’s and Harry’s ages, so new friends are made and the ending is a happy one.
This very sweet story is complemented by Judy Stead’s expressive full-color illustrations. The book ends with the author’s note on the importance of hachnasat orchim — welcoming guests — and provides a different message than most other Rosh Hashanah books. Recommended for ages 4 – 7.