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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 30, 2013 PAGE 25A For the New Year, children's books opening new worlds courtesy Kar-Ben Publishing 'Tikkun Olam Ted' is engaging for younger children and could be inspiring for older kids. By Penny Schwartz BOSTON )TA)--Sh0- fars, apples and honey, make room for pomegran- ates, couscous and pump- kins. The new crop of chil- dren's books for the High Holidays opens a world be- yond the beloved traditional Symbols of the New Year (Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Sept. 4). From ancient times to today, the savory, engag- ing reads presented here will take families from the kitchen to the bedroom to the sukkah. Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary 'Cookbook Tales Retold by Jane Yolen; r'ecipes by Heidi E.F. Stemple; illustrated by Sima Elizabeth She- frin Crocodile Books/Inter- link, $25; ages 5 and older Master storyteller Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, a cook and children's writer, serve up a collection of richly detailed retellings of Jew- ish folk tales from around the world paired with kid- friendly recipes for Jewish foods. Yolen presents a range of tales, from the entertaining and humorous to lesser-known sophisti- cated tales for older readers that pose life's challenges. Stemple offers up tempt- ing recipes adapted for today's families, from the traditional, familiar East- ern European fare to some lesser-known African and Sephardic cuisine. The brightly colored collages and recipe illus- trations by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin make the book a pleasure to browse for all ages. 'Among the 18 stories and recipes are two Rosh Ha- shanah entries. "Two Jars of Honey," set in the days of King Solomon, where awise beyond his years Solomon resolves a feud between neighbors. All ends well on a note of Compassion and forgiveness. A recipe for honey cake, a traditional sweet eaten during the High Holidays, includes a surprising ingredientma can of cola. In "The Pomegranate Seed," a tale that originated in Morocco, a poor man caught stealing uses his wit and a moral challenge to save himself. An appeal- ing recipe for pomegranate couscous is packed with flavor, texture and color from pomegranate seeds, dried apricots, cinnamon, cilantro and fresh mint. An added note explains that pomegranates are associ- atedwith Rosh Hashanah because the red, globe- shaped fruit is said to have 613 seeds that correspond with the Torah's 613 mitE- vot, or commandments. It would have been easy to fill a cookbook with Jewish tales about challah and chicken, common Jew- ish foods, Yolen tells JTA, adding that it took plenty. of research to find stories that matched the book's breadth of recipes. "When I found the honey cake story, I was thrilled," Yolen recalls. Budding storytellers, folklorists and teachers will appreciate Yolen's outstanding end notes that credit other storytellers for their earlier versions and provide the origins and cul- tural history of the stories. In the introduction, Yolen and Stemple write that storytelling and cook- ing change over time and location. "Be playful," they en- courage, and "let's eat!" What a Way to Start a. New Year! A Rosh Hasha- nah story Jacqueline Jules, illus- trated by Judy Stead Kar- Ben; $16.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback; ages 9-8 Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules' "What a Way to Start a New Year!" is a lighthearted and authen- tic story for Rosh Hashanah that reflects the diversity of today's Jewish families and the hustle and bustle of daily life. In the opening pages, a perky young girl is eating a slice of pizza in her fam- ily's new home, which is filled with unpacked boxes. Her family, including two younger brothers, has just moved to a new town. While her dad isn't Jewish, he loves celebrating the High Holidays. But how will they observe the New Year, our storyteller wonders with some concern. When they venture back to their old neighborhood to share a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal with their friends, one plan after another goes awry. "What In 'What a Way to Start a New Pearl' a family moving into a new neighborhood shares a Rosh Hashanah meal with some new friends. courtesy Albert Whitman & Co. One of the five stories in 'Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!)' offers a learning experience about the meaning of Yom Kippur, the holiday of forgiveness. a way to start a new year!" they each sigh after mishap follows zany mishap. Things begin to look up when one of Dad's co- workers invites them to synagogue services. While the prayers and songs are familiar, the kids still feel out of place because they don't recognize anyone. Finally they are wel- comed to share Rosh Ha- shanah dinner with new friends. "What a wonderful way to start a new year!" the young girl xclaims. Judy Stead's brightly colored, cartoon-like il- lustrations are a lively ac- companiment to the story. An author's note reminds parents that while starting in a new home or school can be difficult, it's made easier by generous hosts. She explains the mitzvah of "hachnasat orchim," "welcoming guests." A Watermelon in the Suk- kah Sylvia A. Rouss and Shannan Rouss, illustrat- ed by Ann Iosa Kar-Ben; $17,95 hardcover, $7.95 paper; ages 3-8 Decorating a Jewish school's sukkah becomes inventive when a young boy, Michael, wants to hang his favorite fruit, awaterme!on, from the roof. All the kids' usual ideas--think duct tape and string--fall flat. Michael's creative think- ing and teamwork save the day. A brief author's note explains the holiday. Iosa's fall-toned illus- trations of gold, green and purple convey the children's excitement and disappointment with lively action that will entertain young kids. Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!) Leslie Kimmelman, il- lustrated by Stefano Tam- bellini Albert Whitman, $13.99, also available on Kindle; ages 6 to 8 A delightful chapter book that was published earlier this year, "Sam and Charlie (and Sam Tool)" is a story of friendship of young new neighbors. The book is divided into five stories that tell of the daily ups and downs among two Jew- ish friends and a younger sibling. The format and Kimmelman's light and endearing touch evokes the classic "George and Martha" series by James Marshall, or the beloved "Frog and Toad" series by Arnold Lobel. The last of the set, titled "I'm Sorry Day," will have. the kids giggling along with Sam and Charlie even as it opens up an easy conversa- tion to the tough subject of apologies and forgive- ness. Children of all faiths and backgrounds will have fun with these memorable stories and learn about the meaning of Yore Kippur, the holiday of forgiveness. Tikkun Olam Ted Vivian Newman, illus- trated by Steve Mack Kar- L'SHANA TOVA TIKATEVU from Andrew L. Reiff, P.A. Attorney and Counselor at Law i I Wishing our friends and clients a Happy NewYear! JMBAF MORRISON BROWN ARGIZ & FARRA, LLC CFIEO PUlLIC ACCOUNTSTS ANO SOS Ira Silver, CPA J Principal isilver@mbafcpa.com Donald Levin, CPA I Director dlevin@mbafcpa.com 200'South Orange Avenue, Suite 1445, Orlando, FL 32801 T 407 237 3600 F 407 237 360.1 I www.mbafcpa.c0m _ Ben; $5.95 board book, also available as eBook; ages 1-4 From Sunday to Friday, a young, small boy named Ted spends his days doing some big things to make the world a kinder, better place. On Shabbat he rests, dreaming of tikun olam, the repair of the world. "Tikkun Olam Ted" is a lively toddler book with colorful illustrations that will engage younger kids. Older ones maybe inspired by simple,.fun ways to help around the house or out in the world. I Ill Happy New Year! 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