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The Elephant in the Sukkah - by Sherri Mandell (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 32

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Holidays & Celebrations

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (R)

Age Range: 4-8 years

Book theme: Other, Religious

Author: Sherri Mandell

Language: English

Street Date: August 1, 2019
TCIN: 76618119
UPC: 9781541522138
Item Number (DPCI): 248-77-9079

Description

What's a per-form-ing ele-phant to do when his celebri-ty begins to wane and he is no longer sought after by his ador-ing audi-ences? Poor Hen-ry the ele-phant is accus-tomed to acclaim and applause, and a qui-et life holds no attrac-tion for him. Retire-ment does not suit him one bit. He still loves to sing but no one wants to lis-ten and Hen-ry con-tin-ues to crave an audi-ence. One day, he fol-lows some musi-cal strains in the air which lead to him to a sukkah in which a fam-i-ly is sit-ting and enjoy-ing the hol-i-day, singing song after song. Hen-ry is elat-ed. The first time he lis-tens qui-et-ly but, when he returns a sec-ond time, he joins in. Young Ori hears him singing and invites him inside to share the hol-i-day with the fam-i-ly but, alas, Hen-ry is sim-ply too big to fit inside the small sukkah. Ori has a clever idea. He sug-gests that Hen-ry use his enor-mous body as one wall of the sukkah itself, enabling him to join in the laugh-ter and song. Hen-ry is grat-i-fied to have such an impor-tant job and sings joy-ous-ly along with the fam-i-ly at the hol-i-day meal. As the sto-ry clos-es, Hen-ry is already plan-ning his own sukkah for the next year and invites Ori and his fam-i-ly to be his guests.

The sto-ry is based on an actu-al Tal-mu-dic dis-cus-sion, although this is not indi-cat-ed in the book. The sages actu-al-ly debat-ed whether using a liv-ing being, such as an ele-phant, would be accept-able for use as a sukkah wall. If this fas-ci-nat-ing his-tor-i-cal fact is not-ed, it will sure-ly tick-le the fan-cy of adult and child alike.

This whim-si-cal tale con-tains a trea-sure-trove of sub-stance between its decep-tive-ly sim-ple lines. The abil-i-ty to rise above dis-ap-point-ment, the time-hon-ored mitz-vah of wel-com-ing guests, the glo-ry of com-mu-nal singing and fam-i-ly cel-e-bra-tion, a cre-ative approach to prob-lem-solv-ing, and the hol-i-day of Sukkot itself, each play a role in the joy-ous tale. An expla-na-tion of the hol-i-day is append-ed for par-ents and chil-dren who may not be famil-iar with its details. The mut-ed but appeal-ing col-or illus-tra-tions per-fect-ly con-vey the humor and warmth in the sto-ry. Hen-ry the ele-phant will live on in the imag-i-na-tions of young read-ers and listeners.

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