Monthly Archives: September 2011

Children’s Book Review: New Year at the Pier (Sidney M. Taylor Book Award 2010)

 

Wayland, April Halprin. New Year at the Pier. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009. 32 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0803732797

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 What’s the story?

On Rosh Hashanah, Izzy and his family make lists of the wrongs they have committed over the past year, and after they have apologized, they throw pieces of bread into the water to “clean their hearts” in a ceremony called tashlich.

Review

This Sydney M. Taylor Award Book for Young Readers winner of 2010 is the compelling story of a family preparing to celebrate the Jewish New Year. Izzy is a little boy who is supposed to admit to his mistakes, but can’t bring himself to admit the most important one of all. Both children and adults can empathize with the feeling of remorse and regret, and will recognize themselves and their family and friends as being similar to the characters in the story. The illustrations are watercolors in a palette inspired by the colors of autumn, and the drawings have touches that suggest movement reminiscent of a breezy autumn day. This is a great book to introduce children to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, since it explains the meaning of the Tashlich in an easy to understand way.

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Autumn & Winter Book Festivals

Alphabetical List of Autumn and Winter Events

Banff Mountain Book Festival
Banff, Alberta, Canada
http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/festivals/book/
Oct-Nov

Books by the Banks
Cincinnati, OH
http://www.booksbythebanks.org/
Nov

Buckeye Book Fair
Wooster, OH
http://www.buckeyebookfair.com
Nov

California Indian Storytelling Festival
Venue varies
http://www.cistory.org/
Nov

Connecticut Children’s Book Fair
Storrs, CT
http://bookfair.uconn.edu/
Nov

Delaware Book Festival
Dover, DE
http://www.debookfestival.lib.de.us/
Nov

George West Storyfest
George West, TX
http://www.georgeweststoryfest.org/
Nov

Great Smoky Mountain Book Fair
Sylva, NC
http://www.gsmbookfair.org/
Nov

Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara, Mexico
http://www.fil.com.mx/
Nov.-Dec.

Illinois Authors Book Fair
Illinois Center for the Book
Springfield, IL
Nov

Independent and Small Press Book Fair (formerly Small Press Book Fair)
New York, NY
http://www.nycip.org/
Dec

Key West Literary Seminar
Key West, FL
http://keywestliteraryseminar.org
Jan

Maine Literary Festival
Camden, ME
http://maineliteraryfestival.com/
Nov

Miami Book Fair International
Miami, FL
http://www.miamibookfair.com/
Nov/weekend before Thanksgiving

Multicultural Children’s Book Festival
Washington, DC
www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/bookfestival/
Nov

Multicultural Children’s Book Festival
Washington, DC
www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/bookfestival/
Nov

Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration
Natchez, MS
http://www.colin.edu/nlcc/default.htm
Feb National African American Read In

National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference
Venue changes each festival
http://www.NABSinc.org/
Nov

National Young Reader’s Day
Sponsor: Pizza Hut BOOK IT!
www.bookitprogram.com/teachers/nyrd.asp
Nov

Puerto Rico International Book Fair
San Juan, PR
http://www.filpuertorico.org
Nov

Rhode Island Storytelling Festival
Newport, RI
email:storyri@mcm.com
Nov

Rochester Children’s Book Festival
Rochester, NY
http://www.rochesterchildrensbookfestival.org/index.html
Nov

Sarasota Reading Festival
Sarasota, FL
http://www.sarasotareadingfestival.com
Nov

Vancouver International Storytelling Festival
Vancouver, BC, Canada
http://www.vancouverstorytelling.org/
Feb

Vegas Valley Book Festival
Las Vegas (Arts District), NV
Nevada Humanities Committee
http://www.vegasvalleybookfest.org/
Nov

Vero Beach Book Festival
Vero Beach, FL
http://www.verobeachbookfest.com/
Nov

Wordstock
Portland, OR
http://www.wordstockfestival.com/
Nov

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