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Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae

Christine Battuz
Four young friends reflect on mistakes and look forward to a new year in this Rosh Hashanah Story.
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Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae

walked down to the river one fine autumn day. 
Neighbors and friends and the rabbi went too.                     
There was something called 
tashlich they needed to do.

On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, four friends reflect on mistakes they’ve made in the past year, they apologize for hurting each other’s feelings, and they think about how they will do better in the new year.

The title characters in this gentle story model character traits including friendship, honesty, compassion, and empathy, while exploring a lesser-known Jewish holiday tradition.


"This child-friendly introduction to tashlich will be welcome in Jewish homes and classrooms and will open up secular discussions of forgiveness."
— Kirkus Reviews

"The story’s poet­ry and pic­tures are sim­ple, but not sim­plis­tic. There are love­ly metaphors, such as one which describes the sin-bear­ing crumbs as they start­ed to fly, did a charm­ing bal­let, slipped down to the riv­er and drift­ed away.” A two-page spread with­out peo­ple, shows flow­ing green water, grey rocks, and bits of bread danc­ing togeth­er. Images of par­ents, grand­par­ents, and oth­er chil­dren make it clear that tash­lich is multi­gen­er­a­tional. At the book’s con­clu­sion, the same four chil­dren are hold­ing hands, this time walk­ing away from the read­er. Chil­dren will under­stand this image as a sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion. What began as a promis­ing unknown, some­thing called tash­lich they need­ed to do,” has end­ed as an unfor­get­table moment of close­ness with­in a new­ly rel­e­vant Jew­ish custom."
— Jewish Book Council