Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story
Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story
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Annotation: In an old Russian village, Sadie and her brothers are poor and hungry until an old woman gives Sadie a frying pan that will make potato pancakes until it hears the magic words that make it stop.
Catalog Number: #600015067
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1999
Edition Date: 2004
Pages: 31 p.
Territory: North America
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ISBN: 0-547-53209-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-547-53209-7
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A story that combines elements of familiar folktales and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Sadie and her four brothers are not looking forward to Chanukah; they are poor, and there is nothing to eat. Sadie goes out to collect firewood but takes pity on an old woman and gives her the wood. In return, the woman gives Sadie a magic frying pan. It will cook as many potato latkes (pancakes) as the family wants until Sadie utters the magic words that make it stop. The pan works fine while Sophie cooks, but when she leaves, the boys try--with predictable results. Latkes fill the house, then the streets, until Sadie arrives home to say the magic words. By that time, there are more than enough latkes for the whole village to feast. Howland effectively sets her story in a Russian shtetl, using words, intonation, and especially pictures. Working in gouache and colored pencil, she offers a snowy landscape peopled with Jewish villagers who work hard and celebrate harder. Especially nice is the overview of the villagers on the last night of Chanukah men and women whirling under the stars eating all those latkes. (Reviewed September 1, 1999)
Horn Book
Sadie receives a frying pan from an old woman that cooks potato latkes continuously until stopped by Hanukkah's magic words: "A great miracle happened here." The girl's brothers get hold of the pan, chaos ensues, and the village is practically buried in latkes before Sadie puts a stop to the shenanigans. Cheerful illustrations complement the warmly told story, an original variant of a familiar folkloric motif.
Publishers Weekly
Like most of this season's Hanukkah offerings, Howland's (ABCDrive!) uses the holiday as flavoring rather than the principal ingredient. Her agreeable outing combines a classic fairy tale plot with a shtetl setting and a touch of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. A girl does a kind deed for an old woman, who gives her a magic pan that will fry up latkes. Her brothers overhear the secret words that will start the pan cooking, but not those that will stop it (the words are """"A great miracle happened there,"""" to which dreidels also refer). Howland serves up friendly, folk-ish art, containing the excesses of the plot with down-to-earth depictions of people and village. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
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Word Count: 1,440
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 35299 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q19788
Lexile: AD620L

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 start the pan cooking . . . but what were the words to make it stop? This humorous tale of generosity and greed is accompanied by bright, cheerful illustrations depicting a traditional Russian village. An author's note and a recipe for Sadie's latkes are included.

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