Twelve contemporary authors celebrate Jewish life and traditions with new poems for holidays and the weekly Shabbat. Touching, exuberant, powerful, the poems and accompanying illustrations link past and present. ""Holy Days"" sets the tone: ""Suddenly, in the/ Midst of everything/ New-. . .There rise. . .These ancient days/ Called up by the/ Ram's echoing horn"" (Valerie Worth). The bold, stylized charcoal illustration shows contemporary houses, TV antennas and cars, with ancient ram and palm tree superimposed: two times occupying the same place. In ""Simhat Torah"" (R.H. Marks), ""We dance/ and sing/ in circles. . .,"" and the poem dances round the page. The illustration shows a chain of fathers, brothers, and sons dancing with the Torah, and a circle of women, mother and daughters dancing behind their separate screen. ""An Only Kid"" from the Passover Haggada provides both a touching portrait of father and son holding the kid, and the sweeping panorama from Hand of God to the kid that father bought. A joyful collection to share with children of all religions.