Book Review | New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story
by April Halprin Wayland

Score: 4

Having lived near Manhattan Beach, CA I could picture this story in my mind as I read it. Striking, warm, colorful artwork is used to perfectly illustrate the time of year and the celebration of Tashlich at the pier on the beach. The story is beautifully told as Ms. Wayland describes the difficulty in remembering all the things we are sorry for and then apologizing to each individual we have hurt. The message is clear: It is not enough to say, “Sorry,” to God, we must seek forgiveness from the people themselves. Izzy, the book’s main character, learns and we learn, about “Cleaning out the closet of our souls.” His struggle is real, as he tries to find the strength to say he is sorry to his best friend. We feel for him for haven’t we each shared his struggle?  This is a wonderful, perfect story to convey this very important message to young children at the High Holiday season.

I highly recommend it for all Jewish libraries.

Grade Range:
1st-4th grades

This book is for YOUNGER  Readers.

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