Tamar’s Sukkah

Ellie B. Gell­man, Kather­ine Janus Kahn (illus.)

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By – November 10, 2015

Tamar is proud of her beau­ti­ful sukkah but she feels that some­thing about it isn’t quite right. She decides to make some spe­cial dec­o­ra­tions. She needs help hang­ing them up so she asks an old­er friend. He is glad to help but thinks a wel­come sign would make the sukkah even nicer. He needs help writ­ing the Hebrew words so he asks an old­er friend. She is glad to help but feels a table would be the per­fect addi­tion. She needs help car­ry­ing it so she asks an old­er friend. Soon the whole neigh­bor­hood joins togeth­er to help make the sukkah a beau­ti­ful, warm, wel­com­ing place where all can cel­e­brate the hol­i­day with joy. The les­son is basic and light­ly taught with a healthy help­ing of fun. Illus­tra­tor Kather­ine Janus Kahn adds rich­ly col­ored art, evoca­tive of the sea­son, filled with hap­py chil­dren enjoy­ing their won­der­ful shared project. A note at the end tells more about the hol­i­day and its origins.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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