Note from Elena Reads: Sophia S., age 9 1/2, wrote this review of a book about Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday which begins Sunday.
Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin Cohen, is a book about a boy named Ari who drives a train from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892.
Ari had two friends named Nathaniel and Jessie. Ari bragged to them that he got to drive the train. Ari made some stops along the way to pick things up for Rosh Hashanah. They reminded him of his friends. He felt bad for bragging to them so he brought them some of the things from his ride.
The lesson of the story was “teshuvah” which means to say sorry to everyone you hurt. It is also about promising to do better. I think this book is for younger grades. But I liked the lesson.
I gave this book 3 out of 4 roses.