The Friday Nights of Nana by Amy Hest

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A beautifully illustrated, reassuring table of ritual and family bonding. Young Jennie has Friday off school to help her grandmother prepare for the family meal before the Sabbath. Jennie and Nana have their breakfast and then start work: polishing the candlesticks, ironing the tablecloth and braiding the dough for challah bread. Then they put on their pretty Sabbath dresses while the snow falls outside, and wait for Jennie's parents and baby brother to arrive with the rest of the family. Now Jennie's best time begins. Full of gorgeous colours and absorbing detail, this story portrays the rich pattern of love and tradition woven into the special relationship between a child and a grandparent.

About Amy Hest

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Children's book author Amy Hest was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a children's librarian in the New York Public Library system and in the children's book publishing industry. She has written over thirty children's books, many of which included family and intergenerational themes. She currently lives with her husband in Manhattan. Ms. Nivola has written and illustrated several children's books, including Planting the Trees of Kenya. She lives with her family in Newton, Massachusetts.
Published August 1, 2001 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The day darkens, the snow comes up, Nana and Jennie dress in their blue Sabbath dresses, and the whole family arrives—shedding boots and scarves—aunts, uncles, cousins, and the girl’s parents and her baby brother.

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Set a few generations ago, this graceful evocation of a family Sabbath dinner radiates all the tenderness of Hest's (the Baby Duck books;

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