Brow­nand green tops

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - AN­GELA KIVERSTEIN

BROW N-CAPPED CON­STRUC­TION work­ers eat­ing rye­bread sand­wiches; seltzer stands in the street, He­brew posters in faintly fa­mil­iar (but strangely un­de­vel­oped) streets…it is 1936 and Uri sits, bored, in his par­ents’ deli in Tel Aviv, un­aware he is soon to at­tend the first per­for­mance of the fu­ture Israel Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra, es­corted by his Ger­man-speak­ing grandma. A Con­cert in the Sand,

by Tami ShemTov and Rachella Sand­bank (KarBen, £6.50) is textheavy for a pic­ture book, so would suit a five- to seven-year-old, while Avi Ofer’s de­tailed crowd scenes are al­most a his­tor­i­cal Where’s Wally?

Grandma turns teacher again in Talia and the Ha­man-tushies by Linda Elovitz Mar­shall (Kar-Ben, £6.50). Talia mis­hears her and thinks ed­i­ble pos­te­ri­ors are on the menu – yuck! (Par­ents, be pre­pared to trans­late the joke.)

As they cook, Grandma tells the Purim story, which is folded into the bak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties as smoothly as sugar into mar­garine. Francesca As­sirelli’s il­lus­tra­tions area joy, es­pe­cially Grandma, beaming so roundly that the bridge of her specs is stretched to a foot long. Luck­ily, the tushie mis­un­der­stand­ing is cleared up in time for Talia to taste the ham ant as chen. Gig­gles guar­an­teed for ages three to five.

“Un­der­line the verb in this sen­tence: The verb scored a goal. Where do the knives and forks go on a times ta­ble?” Mal­colm and his best mate, Cracker snack er, face sense­less ques­tions as they blun­der through their school­days, at­tempt­ing to evade iras­ci­ble Un­cle Gobb. Michael Rosen con­tin­u­ally in­ter­rupts Un­cle Gobb and the Green Heads (Blooms­bury, £9.99) with bites of weasel wis­dom, in­sights into baked beans and em­phat­i­cally an­nounced flash backs. There are sud­den CAP­I­TAL S, sur­pris­ing two-sen­tence chap­ter s–ev­ery sto­ry­telling rule is glee­fully stomped on. And there is a pleas­ing mini-bi­og­ra­phy of Ed­ward Lear, whose ver­dant-topped Jum­blies fea­ture in the title. Mak­ing read­ing fun, for ages six to 11. On Black­berry Hill by Rachel Mann (CreateS­pace, £7.99) finds teenage Reena feel­ing aban­doned at a Jewish sum­mer camp where her late mother, Naomi, was once a coun­sel­lor. Mother’s and daugh­ter’s sto­ries are in­ter­wo­ven, with boy trou­bles and fam­ily struggles in each case, linked by a mys­te­ri­ous re­li­gious mes­sen­ger. A gen­tle com­ing-of-age story, with an afikomen-hid­ing scene that sticks in the mem­ory. Age 11 to 15.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.