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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 ..."
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.
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 knowing he doesn't want to be kosher.
The illustrations were a mixed lot. Incredibly simple line drawings with a scattering of shadow and no shading mixed with photographs of real food. Interesting combination.
A chance encounter with an old man finds Baxter wanting to be kosher so he too can enjoy Shabbat. And we follow him as he does everything he can think of to become acceptable. It isn't until he meets Rabbi Rosen that the true meaning of kosher is explained along with an invite to share Shabbat.
It's a bland background which really causes Baxter to stand out as he skips down the sidewalk in his denim shorts and blue-checked shirt.
The title is accurate for Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher is trying really hard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband is not kosher but me and my girls are. Their godmother thought this book would be a perfect way to explain everything to them.Published 8 months ago by Confessionsofashopamomic
One of my most favorite books. Each time I read it to one of my grandchilden, it brings a smile.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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.
I teach a course on world religions to ninth-graders at a Catholic girls' prep school, and I like to use picture books in my teaching. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Kim Boykin