APPLES AND POMEGRANATES
rhbookschildrensbooksA guidebook for celebrating the Jewish New Year. Noting that seder means "order," and that the traditional foods are eaten in a prescribed sequence after specific blessings, the author includes a combination of both traditional Ashkenazic (Eastern European) and Sephardic (Spanish and Middle Eastern) foods symbolizing prosperity. Blessings are included for apples and honey, as well as for dates; pomegranates; green beans; pumpkin or gourd; beetroot leaves; leeks, scallions, or chives; and lettuce. Each chapter gives a history of the fruit or vegetable as related to the Talmud, the blessing, a related story, activity, recipes, and "Think" boxes offering concepts and ideas that encourage meaningful family discussions through motivating questions. Watercolors in fall hues-oranges, yellows, browns, and greens-against muted tan or gold backgrounds accentuate the ideas and stories presented. An interesting and international approach to an important holiday.