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Having absolutely no experience in the kitchen, Zayde Mendel learned on the job. In this tale, based on true events, Bubbe Hinda is kind to the sick, Zayde Mendel is kind to the hungry, and both of them are kind to each other.
The rhythm and repetition in Rochel Sandman’s story makes it ideal for reading aloud to children ages 3-7. It also works well as a book for beginning readers to enjoy on their own. The vibrantly colored artwork of Chana Zakashansky-Zverev perfectly complements the story.
A valuable message, authentic illustrations and classic storytelling make Perfect Porridge a beautiful book for every child to treasure.
From the Backcover
Zayde Mendel wants to do his share of kindness and cook porridge for hungry people during the War. The problem is, as Bubbe Hinda points out, he’s never cooked anything in his life! But Zayde keeps asking, “How hard could it be?” In this humorous tale, based on true events, Bubbe Hinda is kind to the sick, Zayde Mendel is kind to the hungry, and both of them are kind to each other.
About the Author
Rochel Sandman majored in English at a Connecticut university and has written articles and newsletters for various non-profit organizations. She continues to be an active member of Jewish charity groups in her area. The author is presently collecting and recording family stories as a legacy for her children and grandchildren. Many of these tales were originally told to her by her grandmother, Bubbe Hinda Deitsch, ob”m. Perfect Porridge is the second book Rochel has written for Hachai Publishing.
About the Illustrator
Chana Zakashansky-Zverev, a young award-winning illustrator, was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Kiev with a Master’s Degree in graphics and illustration. Chana, also illustrated the author’s other book As Big as an Egg. Since 1992, she has lived in Brooklyn, NY with her family.
When Bubbe Hinda and Zayde Mendel are forced to become refugees in the Soviet Union, they take holy books and generosity with them to their new home.