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 thingguests! 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
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)