From Publishers Weekly
Set in an unnamed Eastern European village, this story of the joyous Jewish holiday of Purim has all the richness and the cadence of a classic folktale. Young Hershel may be blind, but he has plenty of spunk, and he's determined to help his mother with the baking of the traditional Purim hamantashen , pastries she sells in the marketplace. His offers are gently rejected, for how can a blind boy bake? When a visitant angel encourages him in a dream, however, the results are far better than anything either Hershel or his mother could have imagined. Goldin's prose is superb, and Weihs's illustrations--possessing a naive quality reminiscent of Barbara Cooney's art--bolster the story's old-world flavor and charm. An explanation of the Purim celebration and a recipe for hamantashen are included at the end. Ages 4-8.
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3–“Hershel was the only blind boy in his village. But his blindness did not keep him from going to school, or shaking pears from the neighbor's trees, or catching frogs in the river.” And, he is still able to help his mother by fetching, carrying, and cleaning. He wishes he could help her more, especially when she bakes three-corned cakes, called hamantashen to sell in the marketplace at Purim time. When an angel appears in his dream and encourages him to make what he sees when he closes his eyes, Hershel sneaks into the kitchen and forms his mother's cookie dough into beautiful shapes. His mother's hamantashen and his special cookies sell out quickly and Hershel earns the praise of the town baker. Edited significantly from the 1991 edition, the new text is more accessible to a younger audience and works better as a read-aloud. Rich, full-spread illustrations in collage and acrylic paint warmly depict the Eastern European shtetl setting with expression and dimension. Fans of the original will be thrilled to see this title back in print; the shortened text and new art will introduce this wonderful holiday story of courage and imagination to a new generation of readers.Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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