About the BookA story for the Jewish spring holiday of Shavuot about Mr. Mintz, who often helps his friends around the neighborhood. Every year, Mr. Mintz likes to make and share delicious blintzes with his friends, but when he hurts his leg and is unable to cook, what will become of the blintzes?
Book Synopsis"A cozy tale of friendship, mutual aid, neighborliness, and tasty, tasty food." --Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Mintz is famous in his neighborhood for cooking up cheesy, gooey, and delicious blintzes. Each spring he shares them with his friends to celebrate to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. But when he hurts his leg in a skateboarding accident and is unable to cook, what will become of the blintzes?
Join in as Mr. Mintz's neighbors collaborate to return the kindnesses he has so generously distributed to them over the years.
An author's note for families includes a short explanation of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.
The neighborhood blintz maker is injured right before the blintz holiday, Shavuot.
Mr. Mintz (light-skinned, with a curly ginger mop) is a neighborly gent. He carries groceries, puts out milk for the cats, and, most importantly, is always there with a bite to eat. A "marvelous cook," Mr. Mintz gives away most of what he prepares to his neighbors.--soup for the sniffly, latkes on Hanukkah, challah for Shabbat, and gooey, tasty blintzes for the spring holiday of Shavuot. But the day before Shavuot, Mr. Mintz takes a tumble off his skateborad. he's going to be OK, but who will make the "cheesy, and apple-y . . .gooey and delicious" blintzes for the neighborhood? Why, the neighbors, of course! When Mr. Mintz returns from the hospital on crutches, his neighbors are all there to bring him hot tea, kittens, --and blintzes. Mr. Mintz's neighbors, nameless and lacking in cultural markers, have a wide variety of skin tones and facial features in the cartoon art. It's up to the reader to decide whether this gentle, community-minded tale depicts a racially diverse Jewish neighborhood, a neighborhood where people are happy to celebrate other cultures' traditions, or both. An author's note provides a two-sentence reference for the religious aspect of the holiday, but returns to the focus on food with a blintz recipe. (This book was reviewed digitally)
"A cozy tale of friendship, mutual aid, neighborliness, and tasty, tasty food." --Kirkus Reviews
Every-one in the neigh-bor-hood loves Mr. Mintz. He's friend-ly,