Sunday, March 17, 2013

Book Review: Rise & Shine: A Challah-Day Tale by Karen Ostrove, Illustrated by Kimberley Scott

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

Sammy and Sophie are spending a fun day up in the attic when Sophie finds a crumbled up piece of paper on the ground. The writing looks foreign to her. They decide to show it to their Grandma Gert, which involves going to see her at a place called Shalom House where she is staying with other relatives. Grandma Gert discovers who the writing is from and that it is a recipe. This sets Grandma Gert, Sammie, Sophie, their other family members, and another resident in motion for a fun time of making Challah bread for Sabbath. 

This fun adventure with Sammy and Sophie’s family and a man who is also a resident of the Shalom House shows that there is not one specific way to shape the Challah bread. Some people will braid it with three or four strands and some people will try to braid more. It also showed me that we should allow people who are not in our families to come alongside us sometimes, people who are without other family members or friends during times when they are in need of some company. The recipe for Challah bread at the end of the book would most likely be a good way to help create a show and tell for children during or after this book is read to them. In some cases children might be able to help adults make the Challah bread also since this book is promoted for ages 3-8.

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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