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Penina Levine Is a Potato Pancake Hardcover – September 30, 2008

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–6—How can Penina possibly enjoy Hanukkah when her best friend is going to Aruba, her favorite teacher is moving to Arizona, and everyone is fawning over her annoyingly adorable little sister? In this sequel to Penina Levine Is a Hard-boiled Egg (Roaring Brook, 2007), every chapter is almost like a short story, each filled with small, touching revelations: Penina's worries for her teary-eyed teacher turn into mood-lightening laughter when they both share a joke about a rubber chicken hall pass, she learns that adults can often misspeak when her grandmother mentions that she thinks of Penina as her "revenge" upon her daughter, and that paper snowflakes can sometimes make people feel better. Quick explanations about the holiday are interwoven into the story for those unfamiliar with it. This is a sweet and funny holiday tale, with quirky cartoons that add interest.—Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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About the Author

REBECCA O’CONNELL is the author of last year’s PENINA LEVINE IS A HARD-BOILED EGG. which was selected as a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


MAJELLA LUE SUE illustrated the previous book about Penina Levine. She lives in Pasadena, California.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Crow on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Once again Penina is up to her eyeballs in family that doesn't quite understand and school life that is simply, well, tough, just like real life, which is what my 2nd grader loved about it! Growing up a minority, it is great to see a believeable heroine, (not goody-two-shoes,) who endures many of the same types of trials that I went through. Also, for my non-Jewish daughters, the Penina books are a good jumping off point for conversations about growing up in a Jewish household. I think it would be great for all kids about 1st grade - 2nd grade and up to about 5th-6th grade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's the beginning of Hanukkah, and Penina is having a hard time. Her best friend is going to Aruba for winter vacation, her favorite teacher is on extended leave, her parents are upset with her for not being nicer to her annoying little sister Mimsy, and she feels like no one in her family pays her any attention. When Penina's grandparents visit, getting some TLC from Grandma helps her feel less alone. A blizzard cancels her friend's trip, and an impromptu Hanukkah party helps restore her equilibrium. This prequel to Penina Levine Is a Hard-Boiled Egg, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book, presents a sixth-grade girl more realistically portrayed than most in children's literature. She has little patience for her sister and occasionally snaps at her parents, though she is truly a kind and caring person. Compassion from her grandmother, along with the tidbit that her mother was a temperamental child, helps her feel less adrift. Middle grade readers, especially girls, will appreciate her spunk, and those with younger siblings will sympathize with Penina's situation. Highly recommended for grades 3-6. Marcie Lavaine Bloch
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