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Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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K-Gr 2—An amusing twist on "Little Red Riding Hood" with a bit of "The Chanukah Guest" thrown in. Little Red Ruthie is off to her grandmother's house to make latkes when she runs into a hungry wolf. Clever Ruthie convinces him not to eat her because she'll be much more filling after Hanukkah. "When the holiday is over, I am sure to be as round as a pancake myself…why not eat me then?" The wolf is momentarily deterred, but not for long. He winds up at Bubbe (grandmother) Basha's house where Ruthie prepares him plate after plate of latkes while relating the Hanukkah tale. Finally, the wolf is "full up to his eyeballs and very groggy, " and as he heads for the door, Bubbe Basha hands him a jelly donut, the final blow to his sore tummy. Humorous illustrations invigorate the predictable plot, as does the lively language. VERDICT A welcome holiday offering for most collections.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
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On her way to Bubbe Basha's house with a basketful of applesauce and sour cream, Ruthie comes face-to-snout with a fierce and hungry wolf. She convinces him that she is very skinny beneath her puffy red coat, but that by the end of Hanukkah she will be a tasty, chubby meal for him. He agrees to wait the eight days and lets her go. Then he thinks better of his promise. He reneges and races to get to the cottage before her.
Bubbe Basha has gone to the village, but has left a note on the door. The wolf can't read. He lets himself in and is trying on Bubbe Basha's colourful wardrobe when Ruthie arrives. Ruthie reads the note, sees the wolf through the window, and bravely enters the cottage. She makes lotsa latkes for the wolf and tells him the story of the Maccabees. By the time Bubbe Basha returns home, the wolf is in a latke-induced stupor.
The rest of the story is equally engaging. There's even a latke recipe.