Tamar's Sukkah

by Ellie Gellman

Other authorsKatherine Kahn (Illustrator)
Book, 1988



Call number

E 242 GEL




Rockville, MD : Kar-Ben Copies, 1988.


Tamar calls on her neighborhood friends to help her build a sukkah in this Kar-Ben favorite back by popular demand with full-color illustrations.

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LibraryThing member break
Most of this 32 page booklet by Ellie Gellman is filled with images printed in simple, pleasant 5 colors, drawn by Katherine Janus Kahn. They accompany the story that goes along at the bottom of the pages, 2-3 lines at a time. It tells the story of Tamar, who kept feeling that something was missing
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from the Sukkah she helped to build in the backyard. She collects her friends one by one who put together everything that is required for a proper Sukkah: "walls and a roof, branches and decorations, table and chairs, snacks and juice… and friends." This sweet little volume is appropriate for toddlers.
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LibraryThing member drobin24
I liked learning about Sukkah through this book. It is a Jewish holiday that I’ve never learned about. The story starts with a little girl in her sukkah, but she feels that there are pieces missing. Throughout the story, she finds different friends to help her complete her sukkah and find all the
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decorations and food needed to celebrate the holiday. The illustrations helped me understand the story, because I wouldn’t have otherwise known what a sukkah looks like. It also gives some cultural insight into Judaism. “He wanted to put a blessing on his poster, the one to say when you sit in the sukkah, but he couldn’t remember what came after the “Baruch” part.” There are multiple ways to relate to this book: the Jewish holiday, having a different culture, learning more about others, or finding friends and family for help. In the end, nothing is missing from the sukkah. The big idea of the story is that celebrating Sukkah requires help from friends and family, but sharing the festival with others is the most important part!
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