MINNIE'S YOM KIPPUR BIRTHDAY by Marilyn Singer

MINNIE'S YOM KIPPUR BIRTHDAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Minnie was born on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year--but this year her birthday falls on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. She knows that because her fifth birthday falls on the holiest day of the year it will be ""different""; but since she hasn't much idea of what Yom Kippur is, she doesn't know what to expect. Dressing in her nicest clothes and rushing downstairs, she is surprised to find her parents and older brother fasting rather than eating breakfast. Later, she and her younger sister are left with a babysitter while the others go to Temple. But in the late afternoon, the entire family attends services; and, after the congregation breaks their fast, the Rabbi announces ""something we've never done before"": a birthday celebration for Minnie, complete with cake. This pleasant little story could serve as a young child's introduction to Yom Kippur, though the Temple service is seen through Minnie's eyes, leaving much for an adult to elucidate. Watercolors in soft tones successfully carry the action and moods of the characters. Not outstanding, but certainly useful.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper & Row