Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Review: A Watermelon in the Sukkah by Sylvia A. Rouss and Shannan Rouss, Illustrated by Ann Iosa

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

A classroom of students is instructed to bring in their favorite fruits so that they can have some fun decorating the Sukkah for the Sukkot holiday. Michael brings a gigantic watermelon. It is unknown at that time whether Michael will be able to hang the watermelon in the Sukkah but their teacher wants to try to see if there is a way that they can hang it. They try different ways of trying to hang it and the solution they find is one that I believe will surprise many readers and listeners of this book.  

I liked Michael’s determination to bring his favorite fruit to school to help with the Sukkah decorating, even though he probably knew it would be the largest fruit among his classmates. He had a playful attitude about bringing it which made his classmates smile… he couldn’t consider not bringing it, after all it is his favorite fruit. I also liked the teacher’s willingness to make learning about the Sukkot holiday fun for the children and for using suggestions from many of the students about how to hang the watermelon on the Sukkah so Michael’s fruit could be included as well.

This book with full-color illustrations was created for children ages 3-8, grades PK-2.
My review= 5 out of 5 stars
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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