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From Publishers Weekly

Like most of this season's Hanukkah offerings, Howland's (ABCDrive!) uses the holiday as flavoring rather than the principal ingredient. Her agreeable outing combines a classic fairy tale plot with a shtetl setting and a touch of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. A girl does a kind deed for an old woman, who gives her a magic pan that will fry up latkes. Her brothers overhear the secret words that will start the pan cooking, but not those that will stop it (the words are "A great miracle happened there," to which dreidels also refer). Howland serves up friendly, folk-ish art, containing the excesses of the plot with down-to-earth depictions of people and village. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-Sadie turns over the firewood she has gathered to a poor old woman she meets in the woods and is given a magic latke pan in return for her kindness. She is told the secret words to make it work and warned, "Only you may use my gift." The girl has been left alone during Chanukah to care for her four younger brothers and she puts the pan to good use by making piles of the delicious potato pancakes. She warns the boys not to use the pan while she goes out to invite the old woman to share their bounty on the last night of Chanukah, but of course the moment she leaves, they get busy making latkes and predictable chaos ensues. Howland's gouache and colored-pencil artwork is done in a Russian folk-art style to reflect the setting. This appealing story, told in the spirit of Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona (S & S, 1975), is perfect to share with a large group. A latke recipe and a note on the origins of Chanukah round out this holiday treat.-T.M.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061849295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618492954
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My name is Naomi Howland and I am an author and illustrator of books for children. The books I have written and illustrated are the kinds of books I loved best as a child. I was a big fan of Cinderella and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I poured over the pictures, the dresses, and shoes. In my own illustrations, I try to include the kind of details children will get lost in as they listen to the story being read.

Picture books are told in words and art. Ideally neither element should stand alone and together the words and art create a book worthy of returning to time and time again.

The picture of me was taken in my kitchen. When I am not drawing or writing, I can usually be found cooking for my family and friends. It's my favorite way of relaxing!

Please visit my website: naomihowland.com for more information.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2000
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We have a very small religious school. Only 9 children from kindergarten through 6th grade. Wanted to do something with them for Chanukah. Found Latkes, Latkes. Read it to them. They loved it! I rewrote it as a play and they performed it. The parents and other members of the congregation loved it! The latkes luncheon after the play was the sour cream and applesauce for the day! I was extremely pleased with this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 14, 2000
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This Chanukah is an excellent story for the season. Sadie and her four younger brothers are poor and always hungry, but Sadie is given a frying pan that cooks up latkes on demand. When her brothers become involved in the find, trouble ensues.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
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What can I add? The reviews above give you the proper feeling for the story. Best of all are the female heroes, and the good deeds performed. Just in case you happen to obtain a magic pan of your own, the secret words to stop it are the translation of "Nes Gadol Haya Sham"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joelle Dodge on December 26, 2013
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In a public school, it's hard to walk that line between religion and secularism. This story is one of the ones I use because it's also good fun for the kids. My second graders love the repetition of the chorus and the boys getting in trouble. It's great for teaching inference too. I like any book where I can legitimately get any skill taught during the holiday wind-up period. The illustrations are also lovely.

I used the Kindle Reader on my computer and my Interactive White board to project the book to the class. It was a new and interesting way to "read" the story to the class.
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This lovely story can be shared with students of many different faiths. It lends itself beautifully to a younger audience. Every year, during the winter holidays, I search for that special book to inform children about Chanukah. This book was just delightful to use! The children were mesmerized by it! We had so much fun reading it together at my school library in Homestead, Florida. I just loved reading it aloud to the children. You should have seen their faces! You would have loved watching their expressions and shouts of joy as the story progressed.
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Lovely book, charming story, and wonderful illustrations.Bought the book to read to some children who were visiting during the month of December. Really love the illustrations and will be looking for more books by this author and this illustrator.
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By R. Averett on December 21, 2012
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Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A story of Chanukah. This was an excellent book for lower elementary grades to learn about Hanakah. Latkes, Latkes is easy to read as well for older more skilled students.
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By SR Frank on November 26, 2013
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I love this book! We get it out to read every Chanukah and its always a favorite. It appeals to a wide age range of kids - 3 on up to at least 8.
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