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.
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.
About the Author
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.
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.