Monday, September 7, 2015

Book Review: Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde, Illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong

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

This is a story of how a Jewish family fled for their safety to China, in the Shanghai Ghetto in the 1930's. The family went from what was comfortable and familiar to them, to a cramped living space they shared with many families, in a place that was unfamiliar to them. In spite of the hard conditions, a young boy named Marcus made a Chinese friend and they accept each other even though they have differences and teach something important to each other.


I believe this book will help children to understand what life was like for Jewish people in the 1930's. In my opinion, it does a great job of showing how Sukkot may have been celebrated during that time in China by Jewish people. It also teaches about what is needed in every generation and every people group: love and kindness towards each other, no matter how different people are from each other. The illustrations bring the story more alive and will help show what the people and places might've looked like to children during those times.

Age Level: 5-9
Grade Level: K-4

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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