The Miracle of the Potato Latkes: A Hannukah Story

The Miracle of the Potato Latkes: A Hannukah Story

by Malka Penn, Giora Carmi
     
 

This charming Hanukkah picturebook tells the tale of Tante Golda, who makes the most delicious potato latkes in all of Russia. She loves to share them with neighbors, but because of the drought this year, she has only one tiny potato. She doesn't know how she can make latkes for her Hanukkah guests, but she has faith that God will provide. Soon He does! See more details below

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This charming Hanukkah picturebook tells the tale of Tante Golda, who makes the most delicious potato latkes in all of Russia. She loves to share them with neighbors, but because of the drought this year, she has only one tiny potato. She doesn't know how she can make latkes for her Hanukkah guests, but she has faith that God will provide. Soon He does!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Penn's original story has the flavor of a folktale; set in Russia, it tells of the lean year in which Tante Golda's traditional Hanukkah party is threatened. With only one puny potato in her wooden barrel, how can she invite all her friends and neighbors to her annual latke feast? ``God will provide,'' she always says, and, following her generosity to a mysterious stranger, it appears that He does. The rough-hewn, earthy illustrations match the homespun heroics. Recipe included. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Tante Golda makes the most delicious potato latkes in all of Russia but one year, because of severe drought, she doesn't have potatoes enough to cook for her friends. When she provides for a beggar and her latkes nourish his body and soul, he reminds her "one miracle leads to another." Miraculously, Tante Golda finds a new potato each day beside her menorah, until on the last day she finds a wooden barrel full enough to provide for herself and for her friends until spring.
Stephanie Zvirin
Reinforcing the idea of Hanukkah as a celebration of miracles, Penn gives us a particularly fanciful version of the holiday legend in which a small amount of oil for the menorah lasted for eight days. In Penn's story, it's potatoes, not oil, that are in short supply. Every year at Hanukkah time, Tante Golda removes eight potatoes from her barrel to make the "most delicious latkes in all of Russia," which she shares with all her friends. When a drought leaves her with only one potato at holiday time, she's unable to have her traditional feast. Instead, she shares her only potato with a beggar, a good deed that causes Tante Golda's luck to change. The book's layout--the text is set in ruled columns, and there are odd chunks of unused white space--is distracting. However, the plot is well devised and recounted with verve, and Carmi's illustrations, with their subdued colors and broad, visible brush strokes, effectively evoke a hardscrabble, Eastern European atmosphere, ripe for wondrous things to occur. Tante Golda's latke recipe rounds things out.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823411184
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.09(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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