The Little Red Hen has gone through various versions and permutations, but surely this is the first time she has a Yiddish accent. Realizing its almost Passover, the Little Red Hen says, Oy gevalt! She needs matzah for her seder dinner, and that means growing wheat. Horse, Sheep, and Dog are not interested in helping. Harvesting? Again, nope. ...Read MoreThe Little Red Hen has gone through various versions and permutations, but surely this is the first time she has a Yiddish accent. Realizing its almost Passover, the Little Red Hen says, Oy gevalt! She needs matzah for her seder dinner, and that means growing wheat. Horse, Sheep, and Dog are not interested in helping. Harvesting? Again, nope. Milling? Were resting. By now, the Little Red Hen realizes shes dealing with a bunch of no-goodniks. She bakes the matzah (according to Jewish law . . . in just eighteen minutes) and then sets her seder table. Guess who arrives? What chutzpah! But then the Little Red Hen remembers the Haggadahs words: Let all who are hungry come and eat. Children familiar with Passover will get a kick out of this, and the ink-and-watercolor art amusingly captures both the Little Red Hens aggravation and the animals turnaround. Those really in the know might wonder about a sheep at a holiday table where lamb blood plays a major role, but, hey, at leastRead Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-01-18 Such a clever idea! Make the Little Red Hen into a balabusta (that's Yiddish for a singularly sensational homemaker/matriarch/keeper of the spiritual flame), set the story during the Jewish holiday that turns every home into a sacred space, and watch a familiar tale become exponentially funnier and, yes, more meaningful. By the time Kimmelman (Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!), a terrifically conversational storyteller, and Meisel (Barnyard Slam), a slyly astute cartoonist (Sheep looks truly sheepish), are done, readers of all faiths will know a lot more than some emotionally evocative Yiddish words. They'll also understand why Passover whips Jewish mothers into a frenzy ("The Little Red Hen had cleaned her house, top to bottom. There wasn't a crumb of bread to be found anywhere"), and why, even after all her schlepping and kvetching and unassisted matzo making, LRH still cannot turn away her "no-goodnik" friends when they have the chutzpah to show up at her seder. Oh, and one more thing: those who clean up after the seder while their hostess puts her feet up can find redemption for even the most egregious shortcomings. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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