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A Mountain of Blintzes

A Mountain of Blintzes

by Barbara Diamond Goldin, Anik McGrory (Illustrator)

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The children save the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.


The children save the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

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Children's Literature
Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the day Moses received the Ten Commandments. Goldin has provided a variation on a traditional Shavuot story from Chelm and moved the setting to the Catskill Mountains. This family works hard, but they don't have a lot of material things and no money to spare. Sarah and Maxie decide that they will do a little extra and contribute to the coin box so they can buy the ingredients for blintzes. As the story goes, each assumes that the other is adding coins to the box but neither does. Their wise children have spent the time doing a little extra and bartered their services for the ingredients to make the blintzes. The charming watercolors add to the humor and the family looks a little bit like the kids you might see in a book by Shirley Hughes—not perfectly groomed or attired. At the end of the story there is a recipe for creating your own mountain of blintzes. The "mountain" of blintzes reminds readers that Moses climbed a mountain to meet God. The author's note explains why she made a change in setting for this story and why blintzes and other dairy foods are eaten on this holiday. 2001, Harcourt, . Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A delightful and satisfying tale celebrating the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. According to tradition, Jews are supposed to eat dairy foods to commemorate the day that Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai, and hardworking Sarah would love to make a mountain of cheese blintzes for her husband and five children. However, with such a large family to feed, she cannot afford to buy all the ingredients, until she comes up with an ingenious plan. For the two weeks preceding the holiday, she and her husband will each work a little extra, every day putting their additional earnings into a special coin box. With both of them saving a little each day, surely they will have enough by Shavuot. Of course, neither Sarah nor Max part with the extra coins, each rationalizing that the other will do so. Ultimately, it is their resourceful children who provide the ingredients for the celebratory mountain of blintzes. Loosely based on a traditional Chelm tale, this story is set in the Catskills in the late 1920s, providing a charming small-town locale for the sunny watercolor illustrations. Utilizing a bright, friendly palette and endearing pink-cheeked characters, the illustrations tell an amusing story within a story, as the children find their own ways to contribute to the Shavuot table. Background notes and recipe are included.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

BARBARA DIAMOND GOLDIN is the award-winning author of numerous children's books aboutJewish holidays. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

ANIK MCGRORY is the author and illustrator of Mouton's Impossible Dream. She lives in the New York area.

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