Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Review: Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold, Illustrated by Julie Fortenberry

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

When Sadie’s teacher announces to her class how they will be celebrating Shavuot she pictures herself not participating. Their class will be walking up a mountain of their own to demonstrate to them what it was like for Moses who climbed Mt. Sinai to obtain the Ten Commandments. Sadie thinks that the class will be climbing a big mountain like she thought that Moses did and she doesn’t think that she can do that. When Friday comes, which is the day her class is supposed to climb the mountain, she learns the truth about the mountain that they will be climbing and whether she can accomplish climbing it or not.

This book is made for ages 2-6 and grades Pre-K- through first grade. I liked how the teacher in the story incorporated an arts and craft idea into their time of Shavuot preparation because the arts and craft item was used during the day that the class climbed their mountain. I think it would be good for teachers to often use the very ideas in the book for their own classes when teaching them about Shavuot.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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