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Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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From School Library Journal
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"Snyder and Goldin go together like matzo balls and chicken soup: the bright, daffy prose and ebulliently goofy cartoon and photo collages will persuade readers that they don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Baxter's spiritual journey—which ends, happily enough, at the Shabbat table of a kindly rabbi. Yes, of course he's a guest. What did you think?"
Review, School Library Journal, August 1, 2010:
"Delightfully expressive and comical..."
Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September & October, 2010:
"In-the-know readers will be tickled pink by mensch Baxter...while the uninitiated will quickly catch on."
Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2010:
"This will...find plenty of use in Jewish homes, particularly among families in which one parent is not Jewish."
Review, Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book (site), December 2010:
"The smart dialogue ... effortlessly educates readers about the Jewish holiday called Shabbat right alongside an adorable pig who shares the same goal ... charming story with equally charming illustrations ..."
More About the Author
Well, I'm not rich by any means, I live in a rather small brick house, and I only have one cat, but I am (blessedly) writing books for kids, and I couldn't be more amazed or delighted.
Most days I spend with my sons (who are tiny) smeared with peanut butter, finger paint, and silly joy. But late at night, I write these books... and I hope you'll read one...
And if you like that book, (or even if you don't) I hope you'll write to me, and say hello!
Top Customer Reviews
But this book only confused them. I think my third grader understood it, and the running joke throughout, but none of them understood "kosher" any better when they were through. My littler kids, for whom I think the book was intended for, were definitely confused. They didn't follow the twist of logic about the pig trying to become kosher versus him just showing up as a guest at the meal. They were actually really sad as they watched the pig go through all his ideas to become kosher only to find out that nothing worked =)
I don't know, maybe we had an unusual experience with the book, but even I felt like some logical steps to the story were missing. I felt like I was missing part of the narrative somewhere which explained the kosher laws and tied things together for me. Sorry, but I can't recommend. The Kar-Ben publishers do a much better job of educating a kid about basic Jewish concepts or stories.
Baxter the pig learns from a stranger about the lovely ritual of Shabbat dinner but also learns that pigs aren't kosher. He tries hard to become kosher by eating lots of kosher pickles and lots of challah and by trying to be a cow, to no avail. But then a friendly rabbi, puzzled by Baxter's mission, informs him that although he can never be eaten at Shabbat dinner, he is quite welcome as a guest. So Baxter attends her Shabbat dinner, where he gorges himself on kugel.
This book doesn't teach the meaning of kosher, but it's a fun story, and it reinforces the ideas that pork is not kosher and that Shabbat dinner is a festive, welcoming, candlelit celebration. It was perfect for my class. They enjoyed the story and the illustrations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my most favorite books. Each time I read it to one of my grandchilden, it brings a smile.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a charming and funny story. Believe it or not, I used it to introduce the concept of kosher to my hebrew school class and they loved it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by BookBabe
A fun book with a great story for kids. We got this book when my daughter was questioning about why we don't eat pork etc. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jmdrudy
Really cute and funny. Puts a good twist on Jewish traditions. I recommend the book particularly if you have a pet pig.Published on November 23, 2013 by roberta e weiner
Exactly as described and what I wanted. My pot belly pig is named Baxter...wow, and I am Jewish by birth...what a book!Published on October 12, 2013 by Sally M.
It's cute with a nice introduction for children to the Jewish religion and Shabbat. The means of discussion uses kosher food with poor Baxter as the comic relief not... Read more