The High Holidays offer a wide variety of experiences and sensations: The bumpiness of an etrog, the soft velvet feel of a Torah scroll cover, the stickiness of honey dripping from an apple. Now, this whole world of sensations has been made available to the curious young childs fingertips.
Veteran preschool educators and parents have long known that toddlers and preschoolers learn through hands-on experiences. A Touch of the High Holidays introduces the three-and-under crowd to the meaning of these special days through a series of textured holiday symbols. Simply put, touch strengthens Jewish identity while offering welcome respite from the "dont touch!" world of the young child.
Author Devorah Glazer leavens her informative text with gentle verse a plus for parents who will be fulfilling requests to read this little gem over and over again. Glazer originally wrote the book for her sons, ages three and one, after her search for a hands-on holiday book came up empty: "I have always been fascinated with the way children are open to creating worlds through words, and I wanted to write a book that would enhance their Jewish identity that was also very interactive," said Glazer, a Brandeis University graduate.
In addition to the innovative tactile areas, the vivid and polished illustrations are simple yet exquisite. This compelling artistry is a specialty of the Seva group, a cooperative of illustrators who use computer-driven graphic design techniques to give their drawings an inner glow. Seva artists have illustrated 14 books, as well as zany cartoons and portraits, which appear in major international publications.
Laminated board pages were constructed to withstand tossing, tearing, and teething. Textured pieces were firmly attached and tested for safety, ensuring that A Touch of the High Holidays will last through many joyous seasons.