For Ruthie's seventh birthday, Grandma Gussie gives her a box of candles. Ruthie has enough candles for each of the Jewish holidays and Shabbats in the year. When the candles are gone, Ruthie will be eight years old. But her seventh year will bring about a big change in her life--a new member of her family--which Ruthie will have to accept before she can truly celebrate her eighth birthday.
Laurie Jacobs makes kugel, honey cake, and poppy-seed cookies almost as good as her Grandma Ida's at her home in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her dog, Max, is especially fond of her baking.
Shelly Schonebaum Ephraim is a free-lance graphic artist and illustrator living outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, Lon, a musician, and her son Theo. She is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and has been drawing since her earliest memory.
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