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Matzoh mouse.
Illus. by Pamela Keavney. NY:
Harper/Collins, 1991. 32 p. (5-9)
While helping her parents prepare for the Passover seder, nine-
year-old Sarah cannot resist nibbling on the chocolate-covered mat­
zoh. An affectionate story about minor naughtiness and perceptive
parents rings true. Keavney’s full-color illustrations communicate
family closeness.
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Why does it always rain on Sukkot?
by Miriam Nerlove. Niles, 111: Whiteman, 1990. unp. (4-8)
When the chief angel (who looks like a synagogue president
with wings) gives gifts to the Jewish holidays (who are mostly or­
dinary children and adults in contemporary clothes with wings),
Sukkot, fearing that he had been left out (he wasn’t) cries, and
each year, remembering his sadness, weeps again. Oh well.
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Goldie’s Purim.
Illus. by the author. NY: Holt,
1991. 32 p. (4-6)
Although Goldie is scared at first, she overcomes her stage fright
to play Queen Esther at the bears’ synagogue’s celebration o f Pu­
rim. This is about making hamentaschen and dressing up and
everything fun about Purim. Cozy backgrounds filled with dainty
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Leo and Blossom’s sukkah.
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NY: Holt, 1990. 32 p. (3-6)
Brother and sister bears celebrate Sukkot by building their own
sukkah but their overzealous decorating goes awry until Mama
and Papa help out. Good fun and precious, wonderfully detailed
illustrations. A comparison o f the holiday with Thanksgiving is
useful. Glossary.