Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 7 to 8
Becca refuses to try any news foods, until her family persuades her that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to try something new. While dad suggests shaving off his mustache for a new look, and mom thinks she'll take up knitting as a new project, Becca decides she's ready to try something new, too!
About the authors
Jane Yolen’s 400th! book came out March 2, 2021, and yes it was fantasy—a picture book called BEAR OUTSIDE. Her work has won 2 Nebulas, 3 World Fantasy Awards, 1 Caldecott, numerous State awards (including several for Massachusetts, 1 for N York State, 1 for California, 1 for New Jersey) 3 Mythopoeic Awards. 6 honorary doctorates. She was the first woman ever to give the Andrew Lang lecture at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, though the series had been running since 1927. She won the New England Public Radio’s Arts and Entertainment award and was the first writer to do so. She has been called “America’s Hans Christian Andersen.” One of her awards set her good Scottish wool coat on fire. Just a warning!
CHRISTINE BATTUZ est née en France et a obtenu une maîtrise de l’Académie des beaux-arts de Pérouse, en Italie. Elle a illustré plus de soixante livres jeunesse et a enseigné l’art aux enfants de tous âges. Elle vit à Bromont, au Québec.
CHRISTINE BATTUZ was born in France and received her Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia in Italy. She has illustrated over sixty books for children, and has taught art to children of all ages. She lives in Bromont, Quebec.
"PreS-Gr 1-''Rosh Hashanah starts tonight,' Mama says with great delight. 'Perhaps tonight you'd like to risk it with a taste of Bubbe's brisket?'' Yuck. Becca doesn't like to try new foods. She says 'no' to anything that tastes like meat and 'ick' to green things. She turns down all the traditional holiday dishes, including noodle kugel and honey cake. But when Dad announces that he's going to shave off his mustache and Mom decides to take up knitting, Becca is inspired to start the Jewish New Year by trying something new, too: one big green bean. Of course, she discovers that she likes it and promises to try gefilte fish next year. Repetitive, rhyming text, combined with speech bubbles, makes this a fun read-aloud. The cheerful, bright illustrations, with varied patterns that add texture, focus mostly on Becca, a white child, and her cat, with a couple of appearances by Mom and Dad. The holiday candles, shofar, special round challah, and traditional apples and honey appear in the illustrations but are never mentioned in the text. An outhor's note provides additional information about Rosh Hashanah; however, the focus is on Becca and the food, making the story most appropiate for readers already familiar with the holiday. Pair with Deborah Heiligman's Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: With Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar for more information about the meaning, rituals, and practices of the holiday. Or use with Russell Hoban's Bread and Jam for Frances, Lauren Child's I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, or Helen Cooper's Delicious! to provide even more encouragement to picky eaters.
Verdict: A good choice for picture book shelves." — Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL, School Library Journal
Other titles by Jane Yolen
Shapers of Worlds Volume III
The Reinvented Heart
Tales of Futuristic Relationships
Seasons Between Us (Large Print)
Tales of Identities and Memories
Seasons Between Us
Tales of Identities and Memories