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Written by Sidura Ludwig
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ISBN-13: 9781536225495
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author: Sidura Ludwig
illustrator: Sophia Vincent Guy

Melt into the nooks and crannies of this book’s unhurried pages, offering a place to rest and a pregnant pause for counting your many blessings—current and imminent! Here, a child and a mother measure, mix, knead, shape, and tuck their dough under a towel like a sleeping baby. Then, as they do every week, they wait while their dough rises, soon to be baked and gratefully shared at a Shabbat gathering with loved ones. Author Sidura Ludwig’s poetic narration captures the experience of a Jewish family as they make challah—a lesson in patience, slowing down, faith, and family. Illustrator Sophia Vincent Guy brings light and warmth to the scene, from a sun-bleached, gossamer curtain to the rising steam from the bread, all rendered in delicate, decorative patterns. Whatever their background, readers will be happy to find the author’s go-to recipe for challah at the end, along with a glossary and an author’s note describing the personal meaning of her family’s weekly ritual.

A quiet, joyful story celebrating a Jewish mother’s tradition of making challah with her child merges a lyrical text with stunning illustrations—and includes the author’s favorite recipe.
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1536225495 /  9781536225495
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
4 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
40 / 9 1/16" x 10 5/8"
grade range:
Preschool - Grade 3
Religious; Social Themes; Cooking & Food;
author’s comments:
Sidura Ludwig is an award-winning writer for children and adults. Her short story collection You Are Not What We Expected won the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature and was short-listed for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her novel Holding My Breath was a finalist for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University. Rising is her debut picture book. Sidura Ludwig lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her family, where she makes challah every week.
illustrator’s comments:
Sophia Vincent Guy holds a Master of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal. She started her own company, SVG Illustration & Design, in 2015, and her work includes children's illustration, editorial art, and surface and graphic design. She is the illustrator of several picture books, including A Big Stink: A Tale of Ardor and Odor by Edward H. Kafka-Gelbrecht and In Every Generation: A PJ Library Family Haggadah, which has been translated into several languages. After growing up in Canada, Sophia Vincent Guy now works from her garden studio in a small city outside Tel Aviv, Israel.
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