PAPA'S LATKES

Michelle Edwards, Author, Stacey Schuett, Illustrator, Michelle Edwards, Illustrator , illus. by Stacey Schuett. Candlewick $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-0779-1

Selma and Dora are facing their first Chanukah without Mama, who died during the summer, and Papa's hopelessness as a latke-maker only underscores how much they miss her. But the family finds solace in the memory of Mama and her enduring commitment to creating a loving Jewish home. Edwards (Chicken Man ) tackles a difficult subject without crossing the line from heartfelt to maudlin, while Schuett's (America Is... ) tender acrylic portraits of a modest urban household in a pre-television era deepen the story's genuineness and emotional impact. Ages 5-7. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/27/2004
Release date: 09/01/2004
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-7636-3563-3
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