An unusual but wonderful friendship begins when a young African American boy named Larnel asks old Mrs. Katz to take care of a stray named Tush. The Jewish widow and the young boy become fast friends and spend a special Passover together in this warm book rich in language and imagery.An unusual but wonderful friendship begins when a young African American boy named Larnel asks old Mrs. Katz to take care of a stray named Tush. The Jewish widow and the young boy become fast friends and spend a special Passover together in this warm book rich in language and imagery.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1994-04-11 Zesty art and sensitive storytelling light up these two books, the first about an elderly Jewish widow and her young African American neighbor, the second set in Amish country. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-02-10 An elderly widow and a scrawny, abandoned kitten provide each other with love and comfort in this gentle picture book. Lonely after her husband's death, Mrs. Katz appreciates the frequent visits from her young neighbor Larnel and his mother. Things begin to look particularly bright when the boy offers the runt of a litter of kittens to Mrs. Katz. Larnel helps the old woman care for her new tail-less pet--``Tush''--and in return Mrs. Katz shares freshly baked kugel and stories of her Polish homeland and her Jewish heritage. Tackling some of the same themes as in her earlier Chicken Sunday , Polacco again offers prose rich with images of the struggles and triumphs of her immigrant ancestors; Mrs. Katz's experiences are nicely paralleled by Larnel's knowledge of his own African American family's difficulties. Unfortunately, passages in the latter part of the book that explain the Passover holiday seem tacked on and a bit heavy in their message. Polacco's vibrant pencil and wash illustrations evoke the ethnic flavor and human warmth that are central to the story. The overall effect is a vivid portrait of characters who are hopeful, proud and compassionate. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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