Sadie and her four brothers live in a small house on the outskirts of a small and very cold Russian town. They are always cold, always poor, and always hungry. On the first night of Channukah when Sadie is gathering firewood she meets an old woman who is even poorer and colder than she. Generously, Sadie offers her firewood to the old woman who in exchange gives her the gift of a frying pan that magically cooks latkes.
After seven nights of filling their bellies with delicious, hot, crispy latkes Sadie decides to go look for the old woman to say thank you and invite her to come eat with them for the last night of Channukah. While she is away, her brothers get into mischief and end up with latkes filling the house and flowing out the door. In the end the whole village is able to enjoy the bounty of the latkes, and the brothers learn how important it is to listen to instructions.
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 6 years old
- Why did Tante give the frying pan to Sadie?
- Have you ever gotten anything good because you helped someone?
- Did Sadie's brothers follow her instructions? What happened?
- Have you ever had a negative consequence from not listening to your parents or other cargiver?
- How do you think Sadie's mother felt when she got home?
- What was your favorite part of the book?
- Make latkes. There is a wonderful recipe at the back of the book.
- Think of some way to do something nice for some one else, and then do it together. Perhaps draw a picture to send to your grandmother or even a nursing home resident that you don't know. If you call the hospital or nursing home in your area they will be able to tell you how to send cards or letters.
- Have your own Hannukah party!
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book