Grandma Rose's Magic

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Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Grandma Rose is a talented seamstress. She makes dresses, curtains, tablecloths, and even dolls. When asked how she creates such beautiful things, she answers that it must be "magic." Every time she is paid, she puts the money in a special jar. She is saving to buy a set of beautiful dishes that look just like the ones her own grandmother used to have for Shabbos. Shabbos is a word for the Jewish Sabbath. When Grandma Rose finally has enough money, she goes to the store to buy the dishes but finds that they are gone. Grandma could become sad and bitter, but she chooses to buy some special foods to grace her old dishes at home. When she arrives home, she finds the set of dishes are already there, accompanied by all the people she has helped with her sewing. Grandma has given to them, and now they are giving back to her. What a fine lesson for children of any religious background to learn. The picture book is bright, and just enough writing is included on each page. The text accommodates adult reading and sounding out by beginning readers. Reviewer: Greta Holt
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Grandma Rose sews wonderful clothing and linens for her friends and family. The grateful recipients comment on the surprise touches she always adds to her pieces, but she just says, "Must be magic." She saves the money she earns to buy a set of pretty dishes like the ones her own grandmother used on Shabbos (the Jewish sabbath). A moment of crisis comes when the dishes are no longer available at the department store, but she arrives home to find that her family has bought her the coveted china and has gathered to celebrate her generosity. This is a pleasant (if somewhat saccharine) story, but children hoping for a tale of magic will be disappointed. Those seeking Jewish content may also be disappointed to find it limited to that one mention of Shabbos, although Grandma Rose could be used as an example of "a woman of valor." Bright, cheerful paintings in a mildly retro style show an iconic grandmother, complete with half-moon glasses and white bun. All in all, this is a rather girly story both thematically and visually, and the lack of any real action may limit its appeal.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Can sewing make magic? Yes, if it's done by kind-hearted Grandma Rose. Every day she sews, and every day she saves to buy a beautiful set of dishes, just like the ones her grandmother used on Shabbos. She sews for everyone: a skirt for Mrs. Feldman, a blue tablecloth for Mrs. Cooper, a hat for Mrs. Segal and a shirt for Mr. Cohen. For each item, she stitches something extra (rose-shaped buttons for the skirt, a set of napkins for the tablecloth and so on), as if by magic. When her jar of coins reaches $200, she goes to the store to buy the pretty pink-and-red–rose dishes with blue-and-gold trim. Oh no, the department store does not have them! Sadly, she uses her money to buy food for a special meal and returns home. Surprise! Each of the people for whom she sewed is there, holding a piece of her beloved china. The attractive illustrations (reminiscent of Emma Chichester Clark) add Jewish references to situate the story firmly within its community. A well-stitched tale about generosity for people of all faiths. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761352167
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 850,343
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Excellent for 3-5 year olds, they seem to really get into it, an

    Excellent for 3-5 year olds, they seem to really get into it, and it helps them learn to read.

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