NOT SO FAST, MAX
A Rosh Hashanah Visit with Grandma
By: Annette Schottenfeld
Illustrated by: Jennifer Kirkham
Published: March 2, 2021
Publisher: Kalaniot Books
Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. In 2021, the celebration will take place September 6-8. Rosh Hashanah is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish religion celebrating hope and renewal. Apples are often chosen as a food of choice for celebrations.
When Max and Emily’s grandma comes to visit from Israel to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Max just wants to get to the fun part of making the caramel apples. But Grandma has other plans first.
While Max and Emily gather apples at the orchard, Grandma is able to work on other lessons about their faith and culture as well as memories from her own childhood. Finally, Max and Emily choose their own memorable traditions to celebrate with their family.
The illustrations invoke the fun of fall including beautifully colored trees and the fun of an apple orchard. Max’s expressive reactions during his time with his grandma and sister change from frustration to joy and kids will be able to pick that up.
The end of the book includes an explanation of Rosh Hashanah, some Hebrew words, and recipes for Apple Cake and Caramel Apples. Even families who don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah will enjoy creating these recipes in the fall or any time of year.
Annette Schottenfeld is not only an author but a registered dietitian and expert baker. She took her children apple picking each fall and created delicious apple recipes. Annette lives in New York with her husband and two grown kids. For more information, visit her website, HERE.
Jennifer Kirkham is a freelance illustrator from the North East of England. She currently shares a studio with her dog, Scout, and cat, Heath.