Search Results: "Allison Ofanansky"


BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

TUTORED by Allison Whittenberg
FICTION
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"Ambitious and thought-provoking, if flawed. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The politics of ethnicity and class are heavily at play in this work of romantic fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET THANG by Allison Whittenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2006

"Well-crafted entertainment-grade books about African-American teens are all too rare, and this is a solid contribution to the genre. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Three years after the death of her Auntie Karyn and the subsequent arrival of her terminally adorable cousin Tracy John into the family, 14-year-old Charmaine still hasn't come to terms with this reality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S JOB? by Allison Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A sunny opener for more-nuanced overviews like Judith St. George and David Small's classic So You Want to Be President (2000) or the newest edition of Eyewitness: Presidents (2017). (index, reading guide for parents) (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
A starter volume for newly independent readers curious about what presidents of the U.S. are supposed to do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAVEDWELLER by Dorothy Allison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 1998

An increasingly absorbing story of ``a family in pieces, pulling itself back together out of one woman's stubborn determination,'' by the author of the bestselling Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), a National Book Awardfinalist. Read full book review >