A Holiday for Ari Ant

A Holiday for Ari Ant

By Sylvia Rouss

Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn


Paperback; 24pp $9.95

When a group of young children learn about the holiday of Lag B'Omer, Ari the playground ant wants to join in too. But the eager little ant ends up biting into a plastic cookie, being covered in sand, and stepping in a puddle of glue! Finally he gets to enjoy the best of what the holiday offers--Torah stories, picnics, and a campfire with friends.

An author’s note at the end explains the origins of Lag B’Omer. Amidst a period of mourning it is a day of joy, celebrating the values of Torah learning and perseverance in the face of obstacles. 

About the Author

Sylvia Rouss is an award-winning author and early childhood educator who created the popular Sammy Spider books and the Littlest series.  She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. 

About the Illustrator

Katherine Janus Kahn has been illustrating children’s books for over 25 years, including the Sammy Spider series and the Ziz books. Her vivid illustrations, in a watercolor and cut-out technique, have been compared to the work of Eric Carle. 

About Apples & Honey Press

Apples & Honey Press brings together the best authors and illustrators from North America and Israel to create memorable stories for children that illuminate the values of family, community, having fun, and being the best we can be.

A Holiday for Ari Ant Reviews

As with her signature Sammy Spider, Rouss creates a character who is inconspicuous to the crowd of humans yet provides a gentle entree to the holiday with a bit of suspense and satisfying denouement for very young children; Kahn contributes cheery illustrations in her familiar, Eric Carle-style collaged art. A nice addition to the holiday shelves. 

- Kirkus Review