The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes

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It's the last night of Hanukkah, and more relatives are coming than originally planned. Rachel decides to borrow potatoes from Mrs. Greenberg. She asks Mrs. Greenberg, who is all alone, to come for Hanukkah. But Mrs. Greenberg is very stubborn!

A young girl finds a way to include her elderly neighbor in her family's Hanukkah celebration.

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Overview

It's the last night of Hanukkah, and more relatives are coming than originally planned. Rachel decides to borrow potatoes from Mrs. Greenberg. She asks Mrs. Greenberg, who is all alone, to come for Hanukkah. But Mrs. Greenberg is very stubborn!

A young girl finds a way to include her elderly neighbor in her family's Hanukkah celebration.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The best part of holidays is the good feeling that comes from sharing them with friends and family. Not everybody really keeps that thought in mind, though, so young Rachel feels like it's up to her to spread the word. The holiday here is Hanukkah; and the gift here is one of togetherness. It's being bestowed upon the widowed Mrs. Greenberg who's all alone with her memories and her quiet, clean house. Here comes little Rachel to change all that! This is a cheerful holiday read that's a gift to give yourself and your loved ones.
Children's Literature
Rachel's house will be filled to overflowing with invited guests and also last-minute guests, but the potato sack and egg tray are empty by now. How will there be enough latkes? Mrs. Greenberg next door might help, and is happy to, but she just won't come join Rachel's family for Hanukkah. "'She's got a heart of gold, but she's as stubborn as an ox," says Mama.'" But she meets her match in Rachel and rediscovers the joy of celebrating within a family rather than alone. The story is delicious, and the language is, too, with treasures like: "Mrs. Greenberg's house was always clean and tidy, like its face was just scrubbed and its blouse was tucked in, while Rachel's house always looked like it was still in its pajamas and needed to brush its hair yet." Cote's gouache and colored pencil pictures are a delight, as lively as the story they enhance. This new paperback edition of the 1997 hardcover deserves to enjoy great success. 2001 (orig. 1997), Whitman, $6.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
As her family prepares for a huge Hanukkah gathering, Rachel must borrow extra potatoes and eggs from Mrs. Greenberg, an older neighbor who turns down numerous holiday invitations for fear of being a bother. Finally, Rachel hits on an ingeniously worded invitation that Mrs. Greenberg can't refuse. This lively tale of kindness and community is well served by the vibrant gouache paintings.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Rachel and her mother are busy preparing for their Hanukkah celebration. When eight more people are suddenly added to the guest list and there are no more potatoes in the cellar, Rachel goes next door to borrow some from Mrs. Greenberg. Every year the elderly woman is invited to join the girl's family, but she always refuses. This year, she is delighted to lend the potatoes, and then some eggs, and finally chairsuntil Rachel has an idea. If Mrs. Greenberg won't come to them for Hanukkah, they'll just have to borrow her house and take the celebration to her. The lively watercolor illustrations add to the joy as smiling family members, with slightly elongated, constantly waving arms and long legs, fill the pages with motion and energy. Rachel's wide-eyed, pig-tailed innocence belies her understanding that Mrs. Greenberg is a lonely neighbor who still needs someone with whom to share the holiday. A lovely message, wrapped in a lighthearted story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807508428
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 396,235
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

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    My kids and I listened to this story tonight when we called our local library's Dial A Story line. I am not Jewish so I have never tasted a latke but still loved this book. It entertained all three of us from beginning to end. Very Sweet!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    Great primary read-aloud!

    My first graders loved this Hanukkah story. Inter-generational friendship and loneliness are major themes of this book as well. I shared it with my four grade level colleagues and all of our classes enjoyed it.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Holiday fun

    Who can say 'no' to a child, especially during the holidays? Rachel's persistence brings joy to young and old alike, as she borrows all the ingredients necessary for a happy holiday from a lonely elderly neighbor, including the use of her house!

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