Remember That

Remember That

by Leslea Newman, Karen Ritz
     
 

Friday night is Shabbos, and that means the little girl's special time with Bubbe: lighting the candles, saying the prayers, and sharing the best chicken soup in the whole wide world. When Bubbe moves to a nursing home, they still spend every Shabbos together, and the strong grandmother-granddaughter relationship remains close.

Overview

Friday night is Shabbos, and that means the little girl's special time with Bubbe: lighting the candles, saying the prayers, and sharing the best chicken soup in the whole wide world. When Bubbe moves to a nursing home, they still spend every Shabbos together, and the strong grandmother-granddaughter relationship remains close.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This glimpse of a loving intergenerational relationship leaves readers with a warm, happy feeling." School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This book tells the touching story of a young girl and her Bubbe. As the years progress, Bubbe moves from her own home to that of her granddaughter and eventually to a nursing home. Bubbe offers many lessons about life, and through all the changes, they continue to celebrate Shabbos and their special relationship.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-On Friday nights, Bubbe and her granddaughter celebrate the Jewish Sabbath. Each time the elderly woman imparts bits of everyday wisdom, she says "Remember that." As time goes by, she moves from her apartment to her daughter's home and finally to a nursing home. In each place the Sabbath ritual continues; Bubbe adapts to her changing lifestyle in a matter-of-fact way that leaves just as great an impression on her granddaughter as all her wisdom and her delicious matzo ball soup. Hebrew words are printed and translated within the text. The girl's first-person narration is a bit jarring when, each time her grandmother moves, she states, "Now I am a little older..." and "Now I'm even older..." Ritz's realistic watercolors clearly show the bond between the characters, and the text briefly introduces a few of the rituals associated with Shabbos. All in all, this glimpse of a loving intergenerational relationship leaves readers with a warm, happy feeling.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Hazel Rochman
In a warm story about aging, a Jewish child tells about her loving bond with her grandmother Bubbe. When they do things together--set the table, light "Shabbos" candles, play cards--Bubbe delivers little homilies for the girl to remember. Over the years, Bubbe first moves in with her family, and then she gets sick and must move to a nursing home. Her granddaughter visits her there, and they talk and laugh together as always. The words and watercolor pictures verge on the sentimental, from the inevitable chicken soup to smiling sweetness; there's none of the tart humor or earthiness of the Jewish immigrant experience. But the Yiddish words add a joyful, authentic note, and Bubbe's story will help children cope with the changes that old age brings to those they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395661567
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/18/1996
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than 40 books, including Matzo Ball Moon and Remember That. She lives in Massachusetts.

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