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Tikvah Means Hope

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Justine and Duane and their neighbors are happily getting ready for Sukkoth, the Jewish harvest holiday. Suddenly, catastrophe strikes as a fire sweeps through their town. Luckily for everyone, there are still miracles in this world--sometimes in the shape of a little cat. This heartfelt story is a stirring celebration of life, friendship, and--most of all--hope!
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Yearling (first published 1994)
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 28, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reading during Sukkah; cat lovers; those who remember the Oakland Hills fire(s)
Well, I sobbed through this one too. Given I’m someone who doesn’t cry easily, Polacco’s books are truly powerful. However, this one touched me because I remember the Oakland Hills Fire. I know two families well who lost their homes and know of many, many others who also lost their homes, friends of friends, acquaintances, etc.

The illustrations here are fabulous. The one that shows the spectacular view from the Oakland Hills got it just right and, as usual, she does cats well. Real photos are in
Devastation and disaster are the words that describe the wildfire in the Oakland Hills of California in 1991. Entire neighborhoods were left homeless and Tikvah Means Hopes is set against this horrifying backdrop. Just as best friends, Justine and Duane are helping their neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Roth build their Sukkah to celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday. Things take a turn for the worst when the wildfire approaches and the worry is etched on their faces.

Although homes and neighborhoods are
When this was published in 1994, the 92 Oakland fire represented a terrible calamity. Since then the US has suffered worse. Still, it's a lovely book, and I'm glad to be able to read something to the girls which shows that even when all seems to be lost, there is still some hope to be found.
Once again, Patricia Polacco writes a touching and beautiful story which crosses over ethnic and generational lines and embraces community. The story is based on the firestorms that devastated parts of the hills of Oakland, California in the early 1990's. The illustrations incorporate actual photographs and posters as part of the drawings. The story takes place during Sukkoth, the Jewish Harvest Festival. The explanation given and the comparison to Thanksgiving builds bridges between people and ...more
I like books that have been based on true bits of history or some sort of legend. This book was based on a very real bit of history, the Oakland Firestorm in October 1992 I believe. I did enjoy the bit of history there and looked it up a bit. I found the book to be long and wordy and didn't really get into it. My daughter who loves cats held out to the end but she didn't realize that I shortened up each page so it would go faster.

I have read other books by this writer that are fantastic, but th
Kristine Pratt
A neighborhood story based on fact surrounding what happened to the people of the community when a sudden fire decimates the area. I love how everyone came together, and how a cat comes to symbolize hope. Beautiful story.
Surviving scarey fires.
Kayla Mosin
when i lived in america my mother took this book out of the library every succot.this was one of my favorite books as a child;after all it had my name ,Tikvah, in the title!it talks about hope and being jewish.what better a book for a child who is jewish and has a name meaning hope?
Mar 26, 2009 Judy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with elementary age kids
This is one of my all time favorite children's books. I read it to my boys when they were little. It is a true story, based on the author's experience as a child when Oakland, CA was on fire. Beautiful story of hope and coming together during a disaster.
Mrs Bond
Inspired by fire that raged on a hot October day in Oakland CA. Includes some details on building a Jewish Sukkah and the idea of thankfulness. Great story of community rallying together, comforting one another.
This book makes me cry. I don't think it did that when I first read it twenty years ago. Oh, little lost kitty cat.
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This is honestly one of my favorite children's books. I plan on sharing this with my family and my children.
I can barely get through this one ... it chokes me up every time even though I know how it ends :>)
didn't know it from the cover but this is a story about the oakland hills fire.
awesome book. i was cring at the end of the book
Brendan Howard
The kind of Jewish story that wows.
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