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Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story
Sadie and her four little brothers are very poor and always hungry. On the first night of Chanukah, Sadie performs a generous act, and in turn receives a frying pan that cooks up sizzling hot, golden latkes on command. Sadie tells her brothers never to use the magic pan, but when she goes out one afternoon, the mischievous boys can't resist. They remember the words to star ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 20th 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published October 15th 1999)
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Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I’ve got latkes in my tummy what a delicious humorous story written by Naomi Howland. The story teaches a valuable lesson of being kind to others, charity, generosity, and receiving the same in return. It is about a girl named Sadie and her four younger brothers who are quite poor and always hungry. While out in the woods gathering fire wood for their stove at home, Sadie is approached by a little old woman. Sadie feels empathy for her and gives her the firewood she had coll ...more
Nov 30, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun tale about a magical frying pan that makes delicious latkes. It reminds us greatly of the story Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. It has the same storyline and the same inevitable cooking chaos and comic result. Our girls really enjoyed this story and we want to try the recipe for latkes that is included at the end of the story (see below.) There is also a note at the end that explains Chanukah and why latkes are a part of the holiday celebration.
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This Chanukah book portrays the importance of "Mitzvot," charity and generosity in the Jewish religion. It also reveals the negativity associated with greed in a humorous and fun way for young children. The illustrations in this picture book introduce foods and traditions associated with the Jewish religion as a whole, as well as foods and traditions solely related to Chanukah.
I used this book in a text set last semester. I really liked it, because it has a lot of culture within the story. If I was using this book in my class I would emphasize the food and place they lived in the story. This is a great mulitcultral book to have as a social studies lesson.
We love this book. I've just learned it is a retelling of a classic story - porridge, etc. (I've never read Stregna Nona which is also.) Anyway - this one is just charming and we LOVE latkes so even better. We read it every Chanukah and use the recipe to make the latkes too.
Oct 16, 2008 Samantha Penrose rated it 3 of 5 stars
I wonder if Hershcel, Hillel, Hayim and Max were invited to the Chanukah party that their mischief helped to create? (I also wonder if they learned their lessons and stayed true to their promises...afterall, they gave their word once and failed to behave....)
This book is not about Chanukah or God at all. It's like Strega Nona meets a fairy tale, although it involves a traditional Jewish food (produced by magic, and not God's power). I was hoping to expose my kids to the basics of Chanukah, but this doesn't do that at all.
Nov 30, 2012 Miriam rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This picture book is reminiscent of a Hans Christian Andersen tale involving porridge, but with a holiday twist. The concept is decent, but somewhere the storytelling and use of language falls flat for me, and has since I first read the book as a child.
May 16, 2011 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Lively, colorful illustrations and delightful text makes this a fun book to read and share. Great moral of what happens when the brothers get greedy.