Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast

Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast

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by Jamie Korngold, Julie Fortenberry
     
 

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Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
What a joyous celebration of Sukkat! Sadie and Ori cannot wait to try out the sukkah their family has built to celebrate the fall holiday. In keeping with the tradition, they plan to eat their meals in the temporary house starting with breakfast. It is obviously early in the morning. Mom and Dad are still asleep so the children set about making breakfast themselves. The balanced breakfast they plan is too heavy to carry to the backyard in one trip, so the children make a series of trips, finally assembling their meal on the table. Their breakfast lacks only one thing—guests! It is too early to invite friends or family. However, Sadie comes up with a plan for a celebration with the smiling stuffed animals from the children's room. A short addendum explains the meaning of the holiday, but this is essentially a book about fun and happy children finding the pleasure in sharing their meal with a sibling and "friends." There is the feeling of real excitement comparable to waiting to celebrate a birthday and the illustrations, full of movement and energy, convey children on a mission to have fun and honor the holiday in the way they have been taught. There are not a lot of books on Sukkot, and this is one that will make a wonderful read-aloud for one-on-one sharing or story time use. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—During the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot, families build temporary huts in which to dine and visit with friends. Sadie and her little brother, Ori, are excited about the sukkah in their backyard and decide to have breakfast there on the first morning of the festival. The youngsters struggle a little with arrangements but ultimately create a successful celebration with food and stuffed-animal friends. This is a sweet and low-key story, with gentle, sunny illustrations. It is as much about its young protagonists' independence and initiative as it is about Sukkot. A brief author's note describes the holiday, but the book will be most appreciated by those already familiar with it. A solid purchase for Judaica collections and an additional purchase elsewhere.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Kirkus Reviews

A resourceful big sister and helpful little brother set up breakfast in the family's newly decorated Sukkah and figure out a way to quietly enjoy it with some good friends while parents sleep.

Early risers on this Sukkot morning, Sadie and Ori are very excited, but they know they must not wake their parents. Admiring their decorative handiwork on the Sukkah they built last night, the siblings decide to bring breakfast out to the festive hut. Working together, they prepare a tray—"Sadie got the cereal. / Ori got the spoons. / Ori got the bowls. / Sadie got the milk." And when juice, challah rolls, cups and napkins make the tray too heavy, then—"Sadie got the juice. / Ori got the cups. / Ori got the napkins. / Sadie got the challah rolls," each bringing an item out to the Sukkah table, setting up "an elegant breakfast." Seeking to complete the experience with the required invited guests for this holiday meal, Sadie and Ori fill seats at their Sukkah table with a menagerie of favorite stuffed animal friends. Lively, colorful illustrations depict these independently capable preschoolers performing tasks with active joy, care and assurance, deftly matching the unadorned, sprightly text.

Blessings abound for the autumnal holiday, with these happy kids and (behind the scenes) grateful parents. (note)(Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761356486
Publisher:
Kar-Ben Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadie smiled as she reached for her glasses and looked over at her little sister, Ori, as she snuggled up in her bed with her teddy bear. It was very early in the morning, too early for little children to be up and about, but it was a very special day. It was the first day of Sukkot and they were both anxious to "see if their sukkah decorations had lasted through the night." Sadie slipped on her fluffy pink slippers and led Ori to the back door to take a look at their sukkah out the window. The checkered table cloth was still on the table, their paper chains and popcorn strings still hung from the vined trellis. Their sukkah was beautiful and as perfect as it had been the day before when they set it up. The table and chairs in the sukkah were very inviting and Ori suggested they have breakfast there. Together they began to gather supplies in the kitchen and place them on a tray in preparation for their feast. Cereal, spoons, bowls, and milk. Juice, cups, challah rolls, and napkins made their way onto the tray, but when Sadie tried to lift it . . . "Whoops---too heavy!" Sadie and Ori began to take things out a little at a time to put on the sukkah table, but once they were settled they discovered that something was missing. "Daddy says that when we eat in the sukkah we are supposed to invite guests so that we can share our yummy food." Sadie was right, but would they be able to find some friends to share their breakfast so early in the morning? This is a charming tale of how two young sisters celebrate their sukkuh breakfast during Sukkot. When I read this story I could almost feel the excitement Sadie and Ori felt as they prepared to celebrate breakfast in their sukkuh. I especially enjoyed the two-page spread when they were "trying" to be quiet as they set up their breakfast supplies on the tray. The artwork is bold, colorful and meshes well with the story. There is a lovely little ingenious twist at the end that made me smile as they solved the dilemma of finding friends to share their special breakfast. This is an excellent story that any parent or caretaker can use to begin a child's religious education or simply read for enjoyment. This book courtesy of the publisher.