{"id":7691832885485,"title":"Latkes and Applesauce","handle":"latkes-and-applesauce","description":"\u003ch6\u003eComing September 27. Preorder today!\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003ch1\u003eLatkes and Applesauce\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eA Hanukkah Story\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/fran-manushkin\"\u003eFran Manushkin\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/kris-easler\"\u003eKris Easler\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e A cat and dog create a Hanukkah miracle, just in the nick of time in this updated reissue of the beloved holiday classic.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe Menashes love latkes and applesauce during Hanukkah. 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By the eighth day, they walk outside to discover the miracle of potatoes and apples buried under snow, much like the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. This is a wonderful story, mirroring the original story of the Hanukkah miracle. A great read, this is a wonderful introduction to this holiday. The two pages in the back, also do a great job of explaining the story of Hanukkah as well as the importance of eating latkes and applesauce as well as playing with the dreidel. 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Latkes and Applesauce

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Latkes and Applesauce

A Hanukkah Story

By: Fran Manushkin / Illustrated by: Kris Easler

A cat and dog create a Hanukkah miracle, just in the nick of time in this updated reissue of the beloved holiday classic.

The Menashes love latkes and applesauce during Hanukkah. But a blizzard begins and erases any hope that they’ll harvest potatoes and apples in time. When a stray cat and dog show up, there’s not a lot of food to offer them, but kindness prevails, and they’re invited in. It turns out that the dog—Latke—and the cat—Applesauce—save the day.

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Fran Manushkin, author

Before Fran Manushkin became a writer, she worked as an editorial assistant at Harper & Row with Ursula Nordstrom and Charlotte Zolotow. When Fran speaks at schools, she shows children her messy manuscripts and talks about how much stubbornness and good humor it takes to accomplish anything in life. She is the author of more than 75 books for children over her four-decade career.

Read more about Fran.


Kris Easler, illustrator

Kris Easler lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats. She spends her free time reading, drinking tea, and playing the ukulele, though usually not at the same time. She has illustrated several children's book covers, and this is her first picture book.

Read more about Kris.

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Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A heavy snowstorm affects a family’s Hanukkah celebrations.

This new version of a tale originally published in 1989 with illustrations by Robin Spowart sees the Menashe family planning to celebrate Hanukkah with the traditional candles, games, and, most especially, delicious feasts of latkes and applesauce. But the snow is falling relentlessly, there are no apples in the house, and the potatoes are covered under the heavy snow. Still, Papa, Mama, Rebecca, and Ezra find joy in lighting the candles, one more each night, playing the dreidel game, and eating their quickly dwindling chicken soup. Two visitors, a small kitten and a skinny dog, provide a surprising and very satisfying conclusion, reflected in the wonderfully appropriate new names they are given. The narrative feels like a folktale, with simple, descriptive language that highlights ever hopeful Papa’s charming phrases as he encourages a cheerful outlook. Easler’s large-scale, digitally rendered graphite and gouache illustrations complement the text and add lovely touches of humor. The family members are expressive, depicted with tan skin and dark brown hair. Although the tale is set “long ago in a village far away,” there is a definite modernity to the family’s clothes and furnishings. The author addresses young readers at the end, asking if the story is a miracle (“Who can say? It happened, and maybe that is miracle enough for anyone!”).

A warm and tender tale of a loving Jewish family celebrating an ancient tradition. (information on Hanukkah, latkes and applesauce, and the dreidel) (Picture book. 3-8).

Children's Literature

This is a wonderful book about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Mama, Papa, Ezra and Rebecca are getting ready to eat applesauce and latkes when they realize that everything is still buried under snow and all they can eat is soup. But when surprise guests of a stray cat and dog walk in, the family welcomes them in and miracles start to happen. By the eighth day, they walk outside to discover the miracle of potatoes and apples buried under snow, much like the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. This is a wonderful story, mirroring the original story of the Hanukkah miracle. A great read, this is a wonderful introduction to this holiday. The two pages in the back, also do a great job of explaining the story of Hanukkah as well as the importance of eating latkes and applesauce as well as playing with the dreidel. Highly recommend!

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62354-156-9

E-book
ISBN: 978-1-63289-937-8

Ages: 3-7
Page count: 32
8 x 10

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