Sunday with Savta

Reycraft. May 2021. 40p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781478870494.
K-Gr 2–This heartwarming story introduces readers to a number of Jewish holidays and customs. The book opens with the unnamed protagonist and his family welcoming Savta, Hebrew for grandmother, to their home in New York. Jaw-droppingly detailed mixed-media illustrations show the grandson and Savta visiting various New York City landmarks before arriving at the Jewish Museum. There, they admire the artwork as Savta describes the history behind each of the paintings while also sharing family memories related to the content. In the book’s conclusion, the protagonist and his parents arrive in Israel to celebrate the boy’s bar mitzvah and honor Savta. A number of Hebrew terms remain undefined throughout the text, although certain context clues will help readers identify the meanings. Back matter includes additional information about Jewish holidays and celebrations.
VERDICT Despite a few unfamiliar terms, this introduction to Jewish holy days and customs is a solid addition to most collections.

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