Accompanied by bright, lively pictures and lilting rhymes with perfect, read-it-aloud meter, this sweet book reminds readers of the joys of the crisp apple. Jewish holidays are connected to the fruit year-round: Simchat Torah with candied apples on a stick, applesauce to accompany Hanukkah latkes, charoset made with chopped apples on a Passover Seder plate, blintzes with apple filling on Shavuot, and, of course, apples and honey to symbolize a sweet New Year. Characters planting a new tree is a hint to the Israeli holiday of Tu B’shvat, known as the New Year for trees. It represents the cycle of life; holidays continue to be celebrated around the year, trees keep blooming, and new ones will be planted as once-children carry on the tradition, generation after generation.
This charming picture book is as enjoyable and refreshing as a juicy apple, exciting young readers about a delicious addition to Jewish holiday customs.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.