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God Must like Cookies, Too

God Must like Cookies, Too

by Carol Snyder, Beth Glick
     
 
In this tender story of a little girl and her grandmother enjoying Shabbat together, award-winning author Carol Snyder has created a warm, modern story for very young Jewish children. We join the two as they attend a sculpture class, go ice skating, then prepare for the Sabbath and go to synagogue together. It is all told in a charming blend of humor and sensitivity

Overview

In this tender story of a little girl and her grandmother enjoying Shabbat together, award-winning author Carol Snyder has created a warm, modern story for very young Jewish children. We join the two as they attend a sculpture class, go ice skating, then prepare for the Sabbath and go to synagogue together. It is all told in a charming blend of humor and sensitivity. It is a wonderful introduction to Friday night services in a Reform temple. It celebrates the special joys of Shabbat when shared between generations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Ike and Mama and the Once-a-Year Suit adopts a child's voice for this sweet if sometimes cloying picture book. A girl describes going to a Reform synagogue with her grandmother for Friday night services. As she follows the ceremonies, she--realistically--takes an equal interest in her surroundings (``Grandma likes the seats with cushions. I like the slippery chairs'') and in her neighbors (``I play with a baby who's hanging over his mommy's shoulder''). She punctuates her observations with flashbacks to her day with Grandma: she has gone ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, to the art class Grandma teaches, to the carousel in the park. This cross-cutting technique can be confusing, and Glick's warm and fuzzy illustrations don't help: Grandma makes a few too many costume changes, wearing several different ensembles in the single afternoon. Authentic as parts of the narration seem, other passages are forced or precious: ``I watch the Sabbath candles flicker. The flames dance with joy''; ``I love going to temple with Grandma. It's sweeter than cookies.'' Ages 3-8. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A little girl and her grandmother spend a day at the park, ice-skating in the morning and riding on the carousel in the afternoon. They then go to temple-where the universal aspects of the Reform service are shown-for the start of the Sabbath. Inquiring several times about the cookies she has been promised, the child listens and relates the service to the day's activities. Restless, she squirms, plays with her grandmother's jewelry, and falls asleep, awakening as the Oneg Shabbat, with the requisite refreshments, concludes the service. The child finally has her cookies, but decides that going to service with her grandmother is even sweeter than they are. Snyder's portrayal of a young child's behavior at temple and the pleasure of the intergenerational relationship is on target, and the story is well paced. Glick's pastel watercolors are adequate, but lack the verve of Amy Schwartz's synagogue scenes in Fancy Aunt Jess (Morrow, 1990).-Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City
Carolyn Phelan
A little girl tells of going with her grandma for the Shabbat service at a Jewish Reform temple. Despite her pleasure in her dressy dress and her grandmother's company, it's the promise of three cookies at the Oneg Shabbat afterwards that helps her get through the long service. Pleasant watercolor paintings illustrate the story with warmth and simplicity. While the story's a little on the sweet side, the title's the only part that seems to wink at adult audiences. Quiet and low-key, this picture book reflects many children's experiences, both in religious services and with grandparents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827604230
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.33(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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