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Grandma's Latkes Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0152004688
LANGUAGE:English

" Latkes = yummy i read this book as a read aloud in 2nd grade then my christian teacher (im also christian got nothin against jewish people) made them the next or the same day " said.

" Liked the story and the recipe. Not too wild about the illustrations. " said.

" recipe for latkessummary of the history behind Hanukkah (oil lasted for 8 days, war, mildly graphic) " said.

" The is a simple picture book with a fairly straight forward explanation of Hanukkah mixed with a lesson on latke preparation. Might be a bit much for younger grades, but the older elementary could handle it. " said.

" This holiday picture book takes us into Grandma's kitchen as she makes potato latkes and also explains the miracles of Hanukkah to Molly. I shared this book with my students, and it made us all hungry for these potato pancakes fried crispy in oil. If the book has your mouth watering, the author has included a recipe. " said.

"Main theme is about why latkes are part of the Hannukah celebration while explaining how to make them. Lovely grandmother-grandchild interaction.

The illustrations are woodcuts colored with watercolor. Children might need a little guidance to appreciate them fully.

Some parents (mainly Christian) may want to read the story first since there is a not-so-subtle comparison of Antiochus' insistance everyone worship Greek Gods to the possibility of requiring Christmas and forbidding Hannukah.

Other parents might want to be prepared to discuss Mattathias' murder of a 'grubby little man' and a soldier because of opposing beliefs.

If not for these two small concerns, I'd have wanted to add this to the classroom library.
" said.

"4 stars for the illustrations, 3 for the text, albeit with the concession that it probably isn't that easy to write an informative story about two people grating potatoes.

Parents may want to set kids straight on a couple factual errors in Grandma's narration, that ancient Jews did not actually eat potatoes, for example, and perhaps also discuss ethical questions such whether it was ok for Mattathias to murder of the 'grubby little man' and the soldier because they offended his religious beliefs.

I haven't tried the recipe included in the back and I'm not going to because it sounds soggy. I was taught to dry (press or strain) the potatoes before mixing in the other ingredients -- how can you "pour out excess liquid" once the egg is added?
" said.

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