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New Month, New Moon
Contributor(s): Ofananasky, Allison, Alpern, Eliyahu (Photographer)
ISBN: 1467719455     ISBN-13: 9781467719452
Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: September 2014

It’s Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new month in the Jewish calendar! In celebration of this monthly event, a family goes out to the Negev Desert to camp out and observe the moon. A photo essay about the changing phases of the moon and their relationship to the Jewish calendar, this beautifully photographed book explains the basics of the Jewish calendar, which is based on the moon rather than the sun. Instructions for building a papier mache moon are included. This book is the fifth in Kar-Ben’s “Nature in Israel” holiday series by this author/photographer team.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rosh Hodesh; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Religion | Judaism
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | Middle East
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Religious
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2013022211
Lexile Measure: 670
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Nature in Israel
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.70 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
A family goes camping in Israel to celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the new month. Clear text explains the significance of the new moon in Jewish tradition and delves quite deeply into an age-appropriate scientific explanation; food, culture, and geography are also incorporated. Intimate family photographs are interspersed with nature shots. A craft activity and further information are appended. A glossary would have been helpful.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 November)

Gr 1–3—In this brief photo essay, Ofanansky aims to explain the phases of the moon and the ancient Jewish celebration of the new moon, Rosh Chodesh. The story is narrated by a boy whose family is on an overnight camping trip in Israel with a guide who has a telescope. The brief text is poorly organized and ultimately fails to shed light on either topic. The level of explanation devoted to the phases of the moon is more suitable to older children, and the information on Rosh Chodesh is too scattered throughout. The ancient importance of the holiday is not fully discussed, even in the back matter, which offers instructions for making a papier mâché moon and an illustration of the phases of the moon. The attractive, full-color photos largely serve to document the text. Though there are few titles on Rosh Chodesh for this audience, this one doesn't make the grade. Meanwhile, there are many relatively recent books on the phases of the moon that do a better job.—Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library

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