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A Watermelon in the Sukkah

A Watermelon in the Sukkah

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by Ann Iosa (Illustrator), Shannan Rouss, Sylvia A. Rouss

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A child's favorite fruit creates a challenge for his class when it comes time for the annual ritual of decorating the classroom's Sukkah, the traditional outdoor hut for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Michael arrives at school with a choice fruit, following his teacher's request to bring in a favorite one. As the children prepare to hang their bananas, pears, grapes and oranges, Michael realizes that his large, round, heavy watermelon will be difficult to suspend, as is the custom, from the open-air latticed roof of the Sukkah. Ideas abound: a basket of sorts could be made from lots of string, or rubber bands, or tape….Disappointed but not discouraged, Michael tries a hammock-style approach made from a large piece of fabric and four hooks, and to everyone's surprise, it works. Perhaps a pumpkin will be next? Stock cartoon faces dominate the colorful gouache paintings of a Judaic school. The story, too, feels dutiful rather than inspired, an off-the-shelf plot to fill a niche rather than a meaningful celebration of this joyous holiday. A mediocre, bland offering for the holiday shelf. (note) (Picture book. 4-6)

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Sukkot & Simchat Torah
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Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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A Watermelon in the Sukkah 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a grandfather I am always looking for special ways to share the holidays with my grandchildren. This book has provided both a fun and meaningful story about a very special holiday. As I shared the story with my grandsons we talked about ways that we could put a watermelon in our sukkah and laughed at the dilemma. We finally discussed the kinds of fruits and vegetables we would like to hang in our sukkah. Share this special book with your grandchildren. You will be glad you did.