Cakes and Miracles

Barbara Diamond Goldin, Author, Erika Weihs, Illustrator Viking Children's Books $15 (32p) ISBN 978-0-670-83047-3
Set in an unnamed Eastern European village, this story of the joyous Jewish holiday of Purim has all the richness and the cadence of a classic folktale. Young Hershel may be blind, but he has plenty of spunk, and he's determined to help his mother with the baking of the traditional Purim hamantashen , pastries she sells in the marketplace. His offers are gently rejected, for how can a blind boy bake? When a visitant angel encourages him in a dream, however, the results are far better than anything either Hershel or his mother could have imagined. Goldin's prose is superb, and Weihs's illustrations--possessing a naive quality reminiscent of Barbara Cooney's art--bolster the story's old-world flavor and charm. An explanation of the Purim celebration and a recipe for hamantashen are included at the end. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-0-14-054871-6
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-7614-5701-5
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