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The Princess of Borscht Hardcover – November 22, 2011

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Starred, Kirkus: Schubert has concocted a sweet mixture of traditions that bind and give comfort, along with love in many forms; intergenerational family, friends and neighbors all act with selflessness, kindness and compassion.

From PW: "Schubert (Feeding the Sheep) hits just the right notes of sweet, sour, and salty in portraying a milieu in which operatic emotions, bickering, and sharp remarks ("Pooh. What do they know?" says Grandma of her peers) are really a form of unconditional affection."

“Pair this with variations on stone soup for a soup-themed storytime, or check it out for the weekend yourself and try out Ruthie's borscht recipe included on the back cover.” ―BCCB

“Schubert turns the story of a sick relative, not a particularly cheery topic, into a sweet and salty tale, warmed by Christensen's lively sketches, about bickering Jewish neighbors and intergenerational caregiving.” ―New York Times

“…the tale of competing cooks and grandmother/grandchild love is universal.” ―School Library Journal

“Christensen's illustrations, with their sketchlike dark lines and subdued hues enhanced by pinky-red beet-colored accents, reflect the comfortable disarray of Ruthie's family life.” ―Horn Book Magazine

“Schubert hits just the right notes of sweet, sour, and salty in portraying a milieu in which operatic emotions, bickering, and sharp remarks are really a form of unconditional affection.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Appetizing and heartwarming.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“…[a] heartwarmed tale….This book makes a nice addition to the list of titles for children dealing with a loved one in the hospital...” ―Booklist

About the Author

Leda Schubert lives in Plainfield, Vermont, and is a faculty member at Vermont College. She has served on many ALA committees, including the Caldecott and Arbuthnot.
Bonnie Christensen is the author-illustrator of WOODIE GUTHRIE: POET OF THE PEOPLE, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a New York Times Notable Book. Her illustrations also appear in the London Folio Society's edition of THE GRAPES OF WRATH and over ten children's books, including POMPEII, LOST AND FOUND by Mary Pope Osborne. Most recently, she illustrated IDA B. WELLS: LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD, with text by Walter Dean Myers (Oct. 2008). Bonnie's fine art prints have been exhibited internationally. She lives in Wilson, North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Ruthie goes to visit her grandmother in the hospital. Grandma has pneumonia, but Ruthie kisses her anyway. Grandma doesn't feel well: she is hungry, she is irritable, and she is kvetching. Flowers are atop the drawers, as are get well soon cards from Molly, Sonia, Emily, Susan and more. Grandma requests some homemade borscht by 5 P.M. (if she is still alive), but falls to sleep before telling Ruthie the secret recipe. Ruthie and her father go to Grandma's apartment; it is 1:30 PM, dad falls to sleep and Ruthie is left alone to search for a secret recipe and figure out how to make the borscht. Fortunately, Mrs. Sonia Lerman resides across the hall and has beets. She is an Empress of Borscht and can help with the recipe. An hour later, Mrs. Susan Rosen, wearing earrings and a necklace of pearls, pops in from the hallway. She is, fortunately, the First Lady of Borscht and lends her advice. Molly Goldberg, a Tsarina of Borscht, offers her support 30 minutes later (readers can check the illustrated clock in the background). Too many bickering leaders can spoil the broth, perhaps, and 30 minutes later, Ruthie makes her own improvisations with the ingredients. It is a quarter past four by the time she and her father transfer the borscht to a thermos and see Mr. Lee, the green grocer, who sells sour cream, and beets (for $2.49 a pound, they better be organic at that price). Luckily, Ruthie and dad arrive at the hospital in time for dinner and Grandma loves the potion, lauds Ruthie for figuring out the secret, and end the evening with a comic zinger.

A fun tale in the midst of illness, a tale of family, friends, and creativity, with lots of background illustrations that can be explored (like the cards, clock, furnishings, and attire.
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When Ruthie's grandmother gets sick and goes to the hospital, Ruthie plans to bring her beet soup, or borscht. Grandmother's secret recipe proves impossible to find, but Ruthie's neighbors, Mrs. Lerman, Mrs. Rosen and Mrs. Goldberg, come to the rescue. Ruthie takes the delicious borscht to her grandmother, saying that the next time she cooks; she will ask her grandmother for the recipe. This picture book captures a sense of family and tradition, as well as neighborhood, that children, ages 5-8, will find warm and comfortable.
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A heart warming reader.

Through the preparation of a borscht for her grandmother who was hospitalised for pneumonia, the reader was entertained with the preparation of borscht by Ruthie peppered with advice from all the neighbours who were trying to be helpful. The ending, where Ruthie tried to write down her grandmother's recipe for noodle puddling was met with her grandmother dozing off again, will surely bring smile to the reader.
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