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Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0807546461
LANGUAGE:English

" Very cute illustrations accompany this fun Little Red Riding Hood rewritten as a Hanukkah Tale. " said.

" Super cute version of Little Red Riding Hood with a Hanukkah twist. (And let's face it, we've all felt like the wolf at the end after eating too many latkes!) " said.

" Great illustrations and a wonderful chance to explain the holiday to an emerging reader. Clever! " said.

" Only reason this is a 4.5 is I want to know what the jelly doughnut is for at the end (is it a traditional Hanukkah treat or a special one for Ruthie's family)! Plus, would like to have seen a little more description about Hanukkah as it is very geared towards those of the faith. Which is fine, but would like to have seen a slightly broader audience for it. LOVE the illustrations. " said.

" "Ruthie is brave. I like her coat. Her grandma is nice too. I want to make latkes with my mommy."- V, age 4[We read this book five times before returning it to the library at my preschooler's request. It is a nice version of the fairytale. And the recipe for latkes is provided at the end of the book.] " said.

" I'm not a huge fan of the Little Red Riding Hood story, but this is a cute twist on the fairy tale that's more funny than scary. Red is transformed into a quick-thinking girl who fills the hungry wolf up with latkes before sending him on his way.Vegan parents note: There is a latke recipe in the back which contains eggs, but egg substitutes are pretty easy to find--and there are lots of yummy egg-free latke recipes on the net. " said.

" Loved the illustrations. Really related to this one and how clever Ruthie was and loved how the wolf couldn't read so it made sense for him to just go on in (and be bored and try on the clothes while he waited! haha). Loved how the violence wasn't necessary in this one and the Hanukkah story is woven throughout (though would have like the explanation of the bravery of the Maccabees a bit sooner). " said.

"A Chanukah story and a fairy tale? Sign me up!

I picked this up at they synagogue I teach at when they were doing a book fair to support the preschool (along with several other non-Jewish fairytale adaptations for later…)

As a teaching book about Chanukah, there’s not a lot to recommend it. The Chanukah story of the Maccabees is only alluded to. The oil miracle gets a page or so of text. The focus here is on latkes. And who doesn’t like latkes? It’s definitely a fun read among the many available Chanukah books even if it isn’t one I would pull to teach.

As a Little Red Riding Hood story, I really enjoyed it. I’ve definitely seen versions of LRRH that follow a somewhat similar plot variation before, but this one works really well, particularly as a Chanukah story.

Little Red Ruthie is on her way to Bubbe’s house when she encounters the wolf. He beats her to grandmother’s house and discovers that Bubbe is out. There’s a great moment where he enjoys dressing up in her clothes.

As with many a Modern Red, Ruthie has to outsmart him. She treats the wolf as a guest and offers to make him latkes. Bubbe had conveniently left the ingredients out and Ruthie is very proud to remember the recipe. I loved this little detail – it’s great to encourage the passing down of traditional family recipes in a day when most of us just ask the internet how to make something. There’s a recipe in the back for whoever needs one!

The wolf of course ends up in a food coma, just as anyone does who eats too many latkes. Needing fresh air (and no more latkes) he runs off when Bubbe arrives.

The illustrations here are fun, especially the early pages, for example the wolf’s admiring of himself. Unfortunately once it gets into the latke making and eating, they aren’t quite as exciting, though perfectly serviceable. Some of this may be because I was looking at a paperback version of the book. Gloss would have helped the digital images. The palette overall involves a lot of red. Ruthie, rather than a hood, wears a red puffy jacket and a hat. It’s a cute and relatable character design.

There was, however, one element in the setting that really bothered me. There is a Chanukiah on the hutch (What Grandma doesn’t have a hutch?) BUT there is an incredibly awkward Magen David (Star of David) with a bright red, awful, Christmas like ribbon attached hanging by the door. Who hangs a weird looking Chanukah ornament at all? And why by the door? Yes, the overall book palette is based on red, but who decorates for Chanukah that way? Commercially available Chanukah products have clearly decided that Chanukah = Jewish holiday = Blue with gold, silver and/or white. (They’ve also pushed to spellings of Chanukah I dislike.) I found it a weirdly distracting detail, particularly since the way the doorway is drawn, it’s basically all white space with this strangely sized star.

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