Published by Holiday House
Summary: Rachel is excited about Rosh Hashanah, but not as thrilled to be wearing last year’s skirt. When her aspiring dressmaker mother offers to add new buttons, Rachel goes to the store to see what she can find. The cheapest solution is to get one card of buttons for her and her little sister Hannah, but Rachel wants something of her own. When she finds three beautiful rose buttons, she arranges with the storekeeper to buy them when she’s earned the money–if she can get it before the holiday. Rachel’s entrepreneurial spirit works well for her until she gets so busy with her errands that she loses Hannah. Finding her sister and discovering a surprise her mother has created help Rachel to understand what’s really important as she gets ready for a new year. 112 pages; grades 1-4.
Pros: The close Jewish family and tenement living reminded me of the All-of-a-Kind Family series that I loved as a child. There’s not a lot of historical fiction available for third graders, and this would make an excellent and accessible introduction to the genre.
Cons: I was hoping for more information about Rosh Hashanah. There’s a brief author’s note at the end, but not much detail about the history and traditions of the holiday or how it is celebrated.