Eight-year-old Mark has two wishes: To become a shofar-blower—just like his High Holiday hero—and to make that photograph of his great-great-grandfather Avram disappear from the hallway in his new home. When the family gathers for Rosh Hashanah, though, Mark discovers that his own desire to blow the shofar is actually linked to a hope that the unsmiling man in the photograph once had. AVRAM'S GIFT is a charming portrait of a family and how their lives—past and present—mingle to make wishes come true.
A Sweet Feature: A honey cake recipe is included.
"A Notable Book for Younger Readers" —Association of Jewish Libraries
"AVRAM'S GIFT is a Rosh Hashanah story, an immigrant story, and a story about contemporary Jewish life all in one beautifully illustrated chapter book bursting with Yiddishkeit." —Rachel Erlich Kamin, Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, Michigan
The Canadian Jewish News
"A delightful, moving Rosh Hashanah story that teaches how each individual can deeply affect future generations. Exquisite watercolor illustrations by award-winning artist Laurie McGaw. Ages 8 and up."
"The holiday traditions are nicely woven into the story of two Avrams, and they tie together with Mark’s dream of becoming a really good shofar blower in the synagogue, like Aaron Stein, who can blow a tekiah gedolah for 46 seconds. Artist Laurie McGaw’s pictures are flawless—one could step right into them and feel at home."
Cleveland Jewish News
"The shofar's blasts will be even more meaningful after reading AVRAM'S GIFT ... a handsomely illustrated storybook…."