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Sara sees an old man pick up a bruised apple from the discarded pile next to the local market. She wonders if he's hungry, as she eats her own breakfast. She wonders if he's lonely, as she shares Shabbat dinner with Mom and Grandma. As Hanukkah approaches, a season of light and hope, Sara discovers that tzedakah can be as bright and colorful as a Hanukkah cookie with sprinkles.
A Note for Families provides context about the story and traditions of Hanukkah, and about the meaning of tzedakah, and challenges readers to think about ways they can give tzedakah, too.
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—When young Sara sees an elderly man taking some free bruised fruit from outside a shop, her grandmother explains that he's probably poor and is willing to eat around the bad spots. This act leads seamlessly into a story that focuses as much on acts of charity (tzedakah) as it does on the celebration of Hanukkah. Sara and her family begin to leave their own offerings where the man can find them, including a menorah, candles, and Hanukkah cookies with sprinkles. As they get to know him, he goes from being a poor stranger to a welcome member of their community, with his own gifts to share. Aside from an abrupt ending, the text is smoothly written and avoids sounding didactic. Large illustrations have a friendly, cartoonish quality that will carry well for group read-alouds. Includes a note about the meaning and celebration of Hanukkah. VERDICT Recommended for anyone looking to spark a discussion about helping those less fortunate, particularly during the holidays.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
A little girl watches a poor man take a bruised apple from the market's discard pile and finds a way to help him. Sara's keen observation from her apartment window makes her wonder if the man is hungry all the time and if he might need a friend. In school, she keeps thinking about him, and at snack time, she saves her cookie to leave by the discard fruit bin the next day. At the oneg Shabbat after services on Friday, Sara recognizes the man eating challah and drinking grape juice. She then creates and leaves a Hanukkah goody bag complete with a homemade menorah, latkes, and cookies. When the rabbi tells her that his name is Morris and that he lives alone and helps each Friday with setting up for the reception, Sara then decides to invite him for a Shabbat and Hanukkah dinner. The importance of tzedakah, or giving to those less fortunate, is the overlying theme in this gentle story about generosity and caring for others, something to be mindful of each Shabbat and on Hanukkah. Full-bleed paintings show exaggerated and elongated cartoon-style figures living in an ethnically diverse urban neighborhood. Many scenes are viewed from below, offering a child's perspective, and light and shadows from a sunny window are also some of the many artistic details that give this narrative depth. A sweet and compassionate introduction to an important Jewish custom. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8) --
Oftentimes, stories about giving tzedakah (charity) are heavy-handed and pedantic, then along comes a jewel of a story that shows how this mitzvah enriches the giver as well as the receiver.
The lively acrylic illustrations are filled with whimsy and humor. With varying perspectives and an appealing layout, Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles is a book that will give pleasure many times over. A Note for Families about the story of Hanukkah and its customs is included at the back. --AJL Reviews, Anne Dublin, author of 44 Hours or Strike
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