Sammy and Sophie are rummaging around their attic and find a crumpled piece of paper. They try to make sense of it, but don’t even recognize the letters. When they take it to their Grandma Gert, who lives at the Shalom House, Grandma and her friends help decipher the Yiddish text. It is a recipe for challah passed down for generations. Together with the residents, Sammy and Sophie bake challah using the recipe and decide to make this activity a regular occurrence. The imaginative and colorful illustrations add to the whimsical nature of the story. By the end of the book, the grumpy-faced uncle has the biggest smile of all and is the one who encourages continuing this tradition. Kimberly Scott has brilliantly illustrated this evolution along with showing the sweet nature of Grandma Gert. At the end of the tale the author provides a recipe, in English, for making challah. This is a wonderful way to encourage readers to continue the tradition in their own homes. Recommended for ages 3 – 8.
Drora Arussy, Ed.D., is an educational consultant who specializes in integrating Jewish and secular studies, the arts into education, and creative teaching for excellence in Jewish education. She is the mother to four school-age children and has taught from pre-school through adult. Drora is an adjunct professor of Hebrew language at Drew University.