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The Hardest Word:
A Yom Kippur Story

By Jacqueline Jules
The Ziz, a wonderful bird who lived long ago, is so big and clumsy that he can't keep from bumping into things. When a tree he knocks over destroys the children's garden, he seeks G-d's help to fix things. "Bring me the hardest word," G-d instructs him, and the Ziz flies off to search. He brings back "goodnight," (a word children find hard to hear), "spaghetti," (a word children find hard to pronounce) and words like rhinocerous, rock, and Rumplestiltskin, but none is acceptable, until....

A classic folktale that illustrates the important of forgiveness. With brilliant pictures sure to make the Ziz a classic folk hero.

Description from Publisher

Yom Kippur With Bina, Benny, And Chaggai Hayonah
Join Bina, Benny and their winged friend, Chaggai the holiday dove, in these fun-filled adventures explaining the background and observance of the Jewish holidays.

Bina, Benny and Chaggai the Holiday Dove observe Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and forgiveness, of being serious but not sad.

Description from Publisher
K'tonton's Yom Kippur Kitten
K'tonton's Yom Kippur Kitten
K'tonton, the Jewish Tom Thumblike child who made his first appearance some 40 years ago, gets a new picture-book face in this illustrated retelling. The story, in which K'tonton lets a stray kitten take the blame for causing some mischief in his mother's kitchen, is a pleasant, undisguised reminder of the purpose of the holiday of Yom Kippur: to repent for misdeeds. As he participates in the holiday service with his father, K'tonton realizes he must make amends. Slick, white paper gives the book a simple elegance and forms a rich background for the sweet, nicely executed black-and-white sketches. Special terms (tallit, Musaf, etc.) in the story give the narrative flavor; for the children who need them explained in more detail, there's a glossary.

from Booklist
The Magic of Kol Nidre
The Magic of Kol Nidre : A Story for Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre, the opening prayer of the Yom Kippur evening service, is chanted three times, first softly, then a little louder, then very loudly. In this book, the narrator explores the reasons for the repetition and searches for the "magic" of Kol Nidre. Three times he gives possible explanations-once when he is a boy with his grandfather, once as a new father holding his baby daughter, and finally as an old man with his grandson. Each time, the narrator has a different insight into the prayer. In the final scene, he discovers that the magic of Kol Nidre is the way that it brings all types of Jews together once a year. Each double-page spread features a realistic watercolor that depicts the scene as well as a stained-glass column (also watercolor) that reflects the ideas of the text. This is an excellent discussion starter for religious schools.

Description from School Library Journal

Daniel and the Silver Flute

By Gerald C. Ruthen
Daniel cannot speak or read but finds he can pray in his own way, with his flute. This illustrated reader deals with a High Holy Day theme, stressing the acceptability of all tefillah by G-d.

Description from Publisher

Rosh Hashanah: A Holiday Funtext

By Judy Bin-Nun
This Rosh Hashanah full-color activity book provides an innovative approach to teaching the symbols and concepts associated with the holiday.

Description from Publisher

Sneakers to Shul
Noah watches his family's prepare for Yom Kippur.

Red, Blue, & Yellow Yarn:
A Tale of Forgiveness
It is the story of crime and punishment (although on a much lesser scale!). The story tells of young Donny, who must be on his best behavior since his Bubby (grandmother) has come for a visit, and who can't seem to stay out of trouble. When Donny finds his grandmother's red, blue and yellow yarn lying on the bed, it's just too tempting not to play with it. The yarn, as you can imagine, gets all tangled up and Donny's mother is livid. But his Bubby helps him clean up the mess, relating a tale of her own "crime and punishment." It seems that when Bubby was a young girl...she broke a jar of nuts that her grandmother had cracked for hours to make the Passover cake. And, Donny's grandmother continues, her grandmother helped her because -- you guesses it -- she, too, had a committed a "crime" when she was a child. Read the book to find out the particulars. "Red, Blue & Yellow Yarn" is a fun "spin" on an old tale of forgiveness.

Description from The Jewish Chronicle
High Holy Day Do-It-Yourself Dictionary
High Holy Day Do-It-Yourself Dictionary
Reading level: Ages 4-8

Create Your Own Jewish 2002-2003 Calendar

By Susan Fischer Weis
This fun and educational calendar covers the Jewish year 5763 from September 2002 through September 2003. It allows children to express creativity while keeping track of secular, religious, and personal holidays and events, through coloring projects and nearly 200 full-color stickers. Months are given in both Hebrew and English, and simple lessons of Jewish culture and tradition are integrated with fun projects like drawing, crafts, and cooking.

Description from Publisher

First Fast
Award-winning author Barbara Cohen tells the story of a wager between two boys that leads one boy to a deeper understanding of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Description from Publisher
Gates of Awe
Gates of Awe :
Holy Day Prayers for Young Children
Prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with appropriate Torah readings. Rabbi Orkand, and his wife, Joyce, an elementary school teacher, write on a level that will be enjoyed, and understood by children.

Gates of Repentance for Young People

By Judith Abrams and Paul Citrin
Gates of Repentance for Young People is the long-awaited Machzor that meets your needs for children's Holy Day services. Gates of Repentance for Young People completes the series begun with Gates of Wonder, Gates of Awe, and Gates of Prayer for Young People. Each service emphasizes the significant themes of the High Holy Days in engaging and compelling ways. The volume includes services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur for both early and late primary grades, in contemporary, gender-inclusive language, along with new translations of the Holy Day readings from the Torah and Haftarot. The artist has won numerous awards for children's books illustration.

Description from Publisher

Yom Kippur: A Family Service
Creative, attractive, and affordable prayer book for Yom Kippur. Built around the concepts of tefillah (prayer), teshuvah (repentance), and tzedakah (sharing), the service includes readings to challenge older children and adults, and stories and pictures to capture the attention of young children. Words and music to original high holiday songs and take-home ideas.

Description from Publisher

Yussel's Prayer :
A Yom Kippur Story

By Barbara Cohen
Yussel is an uneducated orphan who tends the cows of Reb Meir, a prosperous farmer. On Yom Kippur, Reb Meir denies Yussel's request to go to the synagogue and pray. Reb Meir and his sons daydream through the service, then grow restless and angry when it fails to end at the usual time. The rabbi explains the length of the service by saying that he saw that the gates of heaven were closed and that G-d had opened them only after hearing a simple sincere melody. Walking home, Reb Meir sees Yussel, reed pipe in hand, returning with the cows and recognizes that it was his song that G-d accepted on behalf of the people. . . .

Description from Publisher

Grave, softly textured and contoured drawings illustrate a reverent, quiet story about true piety. . . . {It} is a sedate story, competently told and probably best suited to family use or in a religious education program.

Description from Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

My Very Own Yom Kippur Book
Explains the significance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Forgiveness, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Includes stories, songs, prayers, and a home service.

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