A MULTIGENERATIONAL HIGH HOLIDAY SHOFAR STORY AND A TALE ABOUT DISCOVERING ONE'S ROOTS
“A Notable Book for Younger Readers.”
A shofar story for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for readers ages 7-11, Avram’s Gift is an endearing tale about discovering one’s roots and making dreams come true. Award-winning illustrator Laurie McGaw brings the story to life with appealing and realistic images throughout the book.
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.
Age Range: 7 - 11 years
Size: 9 x 9 inches
23 full-color illustrations
“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
"[A] touching and intriguing story . . . McGaw’s pictures are flawless. . . . it’s sure to spark questions about . . . legacies left to future generations." —Judy Chernak, ChildrensLit.com
"Connections across generations also come clear in a story that's as sweet as honey used for dipping apples." —Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist
Also by Margie Blumberg
The author Margie Blumberg's roots: This is a YouTube video with audio only (and a photograph) of her great-great-grandfather Avram Hershman's nephew, Cantor Mordechai Hershman (second from left), singing "Eilu Devorim" (click for a translation) and signing a contract for a series of concerts in the United States and Canada.