Academic journal article Language Arts

Chik Chak Shabbat

Academic journal article Language Arts

Chik Chak Shabbat

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Chik Chak Shabbat Written by Mara RockliffIllustrated by Kyrsten Brooker Candlewick, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-7636-5528-0

Experience Shabbat, diverse communities, and tradition in Mara Rockliff's Chik Chak Shabbat. Every Saturday afternoon, the Jewish Sabbath, Goldie Simcha opens her home to the neighbors in her large apartment building. And every Saturday morning, Goldie Simcha's neighbors revel in the delicious smell of Goldie preparing the evening's meal, cholent-a slow-cooked stew prepared before Shabbat when lighting a fire is not permitted. When the savory cholent aroma does not waftout of Goldie's kitchen one Saturday morning, her neighbors wonder what could be wrong. Things go awry until they uncover that Goldie is ill. So, right away her neighbors work together to create a Shabbat meal for her with their own ethnic foods. Indian potato curry, Korean barley tea, Italian pizza, and Spanish beans and rice complete the meal and continue their beloved tradition of bringing a community together around a table for a meal on a Saturday afternoon.

In one picturebook, readers will learn so much from Rockcliff-from the traditions of eating cholent and Shabbat preparations, to diverse families and dishes from around the world, to the concept of caring for one's neighbors. …

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