Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah [NOOK Book]

Overview


Though it?s the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel?s family won?t really be celebrating until next week. But Rachel wants to celebrate now, so she comes up with a good idea: While her parents do errands, she?ll visit her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg, and they can make latkes together. The two head into Mrs. Greenberg?s shiny, tidy kitchen and begin grating the potatoes. But Rachel?s gratings slide off the table and onto the floor. Before long, Rachel has dropped an egg, spilled the flour, and dribbled the oil. Mrs. ...
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Though it’s the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel’s family won’t really be celebrating until next week. But Rachel wants to celebrate now, so she comes up with a good idea: While her parents do errands, she’ll visit her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg, and they can make latkes together. The two head into Mrs. Greenberg’s shiny, tidy kitchen and begin grating the potatoes. But Rachel’s gratings slide off the table and onto the floor. Before long, Rachel has dropped an egg, spilled the flour, and dribbled the oil. Mrs. Greenberg is exhausted, Rachel’s mom and dad are horrified, and Rachel is afraid she’s ruined a friendship by making this terrible mess. She is relieved and delighted to find that Mrs. Greenberg thinks it’s a wonderful mess—her house hasn’t felt so lived-in in years!

This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

When Rachel makes latkes with her friend Mrs. Greenberg, the project turns out to be a very messy one.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Hanukkah is about candles, and gifts, and dreidels to spin, and latkes to eat. But what about the behind-the-scenes work necessary to produce all this fun? Finally, a realistic book that paints a picture of Rachel and the glorious mess she makes when she goes to celebrate Hanukkah with her elderly neighbor. Rachel's parents, you see, won't be hosting a party till the end of the week, and Rachel just can't wait that long for potato latkes. So she decides to let Mrs. Greenberg in on the fun, Mrs. Greenberg with her perfectly neat house that nobody ever messes up. After Rachel has many mishaps, most of which end of on the nice, clean floor or drifting around the beautiful, shiny room, finally Mrs. Greenberg gives up trying to clean up as they go along. She has just settled, exhausted, into an easy chair when Rachel's parents come to retrieve their daughter. You can imagine what they say when they see the colossal mess, portrayed in quite charming pictures! But all's well that ends well, and everyone pitches in to clean up while the latkes are frying. "Now this feels like Hanukkah!" beams Mrs. Greenberg. I think you'll agree. 2004, Whitman, Ages 6 to 8.
—Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Although it's the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel's parents tell her there won't be any latkes until the relatives come to visit next week. Undeterred, the child goes over to the exceedingly tidy house of her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg (whom readers might remember from The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes [Albert Whitman, 1997]), where she convinces the woman to make latkes with her. Rachel proceeds to spill the grated potatoes, drop the egg, and more, resulting in a terrible mess. Her parents arrive home in time to help clean up, and they all celebrate the first night of Hanukkah together. The energetic, cheerful illustrations and the simple and satisfying story make this a good book for holiday sharing.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's the first night of Hanukkah and Rachel, introduced in The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes (1997), is again looking to share it with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg. Her parents have too much to do, too many errands to run, and only time to light the menorah for that night. Rachel resolves to stay with Mrs. Greenberg until her parents return and in the course of the afternoon, eager to experience the holiday's wonderful smell of fried potatoes in the warmth of a cozy kitchen, convinces her host to allow her to make latkes. Things get messier with each portion of the recipe as grated potatoes fall to the floor, eggs slip over the batter bowl, and spilled oil and flour add to the culinary disaster leaving Mrs. Greenberg exhausted in her living room and Rachel in a heap of trouble as her parents return. A quick, capable clean up and preparation of the meal by mom and dad finally gets the week-long celebration off with family and friend. Mixed-media folksy paintings of wintry scenes often with blue-toned backdrops illustrate the humorous and often predictable predicaments Rachel creates. Kids will be shaking their heads in mild amusement happy that Rachel's efforts do bring home the "feel of Hanukkah." (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480453821
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 536,652
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Award-winning author Linda Glaser is the author of many books for children including Hoppy Hanukkah! and Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah. Her nonfiction picture books Spectacular SpidersCompost!, and Wonderful Worms were all named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. In addition to teaching and writing, she conducts writing workshops for schoolchildren and for adults. 

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Holiday fun

    When Rachel visits with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Greenburg, what a messy adventure it becomes! For all the children who make a mess when trying to help and for all the adults who keep their patience with them. Cote's colorful illustrations make this book a favorite.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Holiday fun

    When Rachel visits with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Greenburg, what a messy adventure it becomes! For all the children who make a mess when trying to help and for all the adults who keep their patience with them. Cote's colorful illustrations make this book a favorite.

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