AVRAM'S GIFT: A SHOFAR STORY FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
WRITTEN BY MARGIE BLUMBERG
ILLUSTRATED BY LAURIE McGAW
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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.
Pages: 58 (full color), 63 (black and white) • Illustrations: 23 • Age Range: 7 - 11 years • Publication Date: 10/18/2017 (Paperback) • Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches (full-color paperback); 5.25 x 8 (black and white paperback) • ISBNs: 978-0962416637 (full color); 978-0999446348 (black and white)
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Cubby Marcus, the model for a young boy’s ancestor in the book “Avram’s Gift,” poses beside the portrait that plays a key role in the story. [Frances Kraft photo]
ARTICLE: “New children’s book has Toronto connection”
By Frances Kraft
There’s something familiar about the illustrations in Margie Blumberg’s new children’s book, Avram’s Gift–and it’s not just the detailed, warmly rendered shtetl depictions that bring the past to life for the story’s modern-day protagonist.
While the pictures may strike a chord with Jews of eastern European origin, Torontonians —and members of Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Congregation in particular—are likely to recognize the north Toronto synagogue and its clergy, Rabbi Philip Scheim and Cantor Marshall Loomer, who serve as models for illustrator Laurie McGaw.