Search Results: "Allison Ofanansky"


BOOK REVIEW

ALLISON by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"He addresses the dark side of an adoptive child's feelings carefully, and while the resolution is a bit convenient (and may require interpretation for younger children), it still carries truth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Say's trademark nuanced and limpid watercolors convey and complete the emotional resonance of this adoption story. Read full book review >

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SUKKOT TREASURE HUNT by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Holiday explanation and Fun Facts included. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Clear, colorful photographs follow a young family's quest to find all the "four species" (from the Hebrew arba minim) used to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, the harvest holiday observed with the symbolic use of the branches of a palm, willow and myrtle tree and the Middle Eastern citrus fruit etrog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TISHA B'AV by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"An interesting glimpse into a lesser-known holiday. (afterword) (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
Three Israeli children tour sites in Jerusalem as they learn about the holy day Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of both the first and second temples. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATZAH by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The combination of concise, easy-to-understand text and copious photography presents an accessible understanding of Passover and matzah. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
All about that flat, unleavened holiday food—from dough to desert. Read full book review >

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TORAH SCROLL by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2016

"While those who attend Jewish services will likely find this the most attention-grabbing, this is still pertinent to readers interested in religious studies. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Learn the many specific steps necessary to create a Torah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW MONTH, NEW MOON by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A nice blend of planetary science and religious observance. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
The beginning of a new month, known in the Jewish calendar as Rosh Chodesh, is explained via a family's camping trip in the Negev Desert. Read full book review >

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THE PATCHWORK TORAH by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Readers may close the cover thinking that a picture book—like a Torah scroll—can be essential. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This book will be read more than once, and that seems only appropriate, as Jews are never finished reading the Torah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHEESECAKE FOR SHAVUOT by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A holiday-cum-gardening-cum-food adventure in one neat package. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An appealing photo essay follows Israeli children as they work in their school garden and kitchen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLISON HEWITT IS TRAPPED by Madeleine Roux
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A treat for lovers of groaners and roamers with neither enough gore nor pathos to keep casual readers engaged."
A fierce young bookseller blogs the zombie apocalypse in this debut novel from Wisconsin resident Roux. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE FORKED ROAD by John Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2017

"A delightfully quirky series whose eccentric charms haven't faltered. (Graphic mystery/fantasy. 10-14)"
In this seventh installment, the sleuths from Griswold's Grammar School unravel yet another case involving a mysterious portal and a time-bending troublemaker. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE LONELY ONE by John Allison
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"Funny and clever, but most likely to only satisfy fans who have been with the gang since the beginning. (Graphic mystery/sci-fi. 12-16)"
A group of students at a British school all become friends with a strange new boy who eats onions; one student suspects something odd's afoot and must discover the truth before it's too late. Read full book review >