Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review: Potatoes at Turtle Rock by Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman, Illustrated by Alex Steele-Morgan

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

It is snowing on Hanukkah so Annie and her family follow their tradition of celebrating it in the woods. Annie plans four stops in which they are supposed to end up at Turtle Rock. While they are on their journey, Annie tells her family how Great-Grandpop's mom kept him warm during the really cold winters in the putting hot potatoes in his pockets! Annie brought some hot potatoes and she and her family puts them in their pockets, which seems to keep them warm. They continue their journey with the hot potatoes in their pockets and tell some riddles and name what really scares them. They now seem not to be focused on how cold it is, probably because of the warmth of the hot potatoes! They remember that didn't bring a menorah and find a way to create one with what they have!

This book brings an interesting idea of using hot potatoes to celebrate Hanukkah during a cold journey. Children will be able to imagine that hot potatoes will keep bodies warmer if their bodies are cold and the potatoes are hot. This story might also show children how important it is for some families to include their pets during Hanukkah.

There were some Hebrew words in italics that are used in which I believe will be helpful for children listening to the story to learn. I wish that there was a glossary in the back of the book so that children that only know English could be taught what they mean; teachers that know what those words mean could bring their English definitions into the story while reading though.

I think this book does a good job of showing about an idea of how to celebrate Hanukkah and maybe children that hear this story can be asked to share how their families celebrate Hanukkah also.

My review = 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of providing an honest and unbiased review.

Ages: 5-9
Grades: K-3

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