Book Review of Sukkah-Doodle-Doo! A Holiday to Crow About
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The Children’s Book Review
What to Expect: Jewish culture, family, holidays, autumn
What makes a Sukkot to remember? First, you need to build a sukkah—somewhere to celebrate. Then you need to plan for lots of good food—from noodle kugel to matzah balls to mandel bread. And next—good family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate and eat with are very important. But what makes this celebration special is…having lots of surprises! Who will be there? Will everything go as planned? Will four frogs suddenly turn up at the table? Will your first wiggly tooth fall out? With so many unexpected things happening, this will definitely be a sukkot to remember for a long time!
Told from the perspective of the family’s youngest member, Sukkah-Doodle-Doo! is all about the magic of being in the moment when a special time of year rolls around. The emphasis is on family, togetherness, discovery, and joy—reminding readers that holidays are about more than superficial decorations and presents. Beautiful, colorful sketched illustrations reminiscent of the style of Janet and Allen Ahlberg help bring the excitement of autumn to life. At the same time, simple rhyming text adds a festive feel and keeps the story accessible for learning readers. Best of all, there are recipes at the end!
Overall, Sukkah-Doodle-Doo! is both joyous and instructive—sure to get any reader in the sukkah mood.
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About the Author
Margie Blumberg’s dream of becoming a book publisher came true when she launched MB Publishing in 2003. Happily, to add to the fun, her company’s Jewish holiday books always feature a recipe or two. Margie lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her partner, Jim, who enjoys every opportunity to serve as her taste-tester.
Visit mbpublishing.com to learn more.
About the Illustrator
Tammie Lyon’s love of illustrating began at a very young age while drawing at the kitchen table with her dad. She recalls sitting for hours drawing things around the house and later presenting her art as gifts to her mother. After graduating with a bachelor’s in fine arts from Columbus College of Art and Design, she worked as a staff illustrator for a major greeting card company and rose to become a director of the juvenile product line.
As a freelance artist, Tammie has illustrated numerous books, including her own children’s book, Olive and Snowflake (Marshall Cavendish), and has also created the art for posters, magazines, CDs, games, and clothing. Tammie lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, Lee. Her two dogs, Amos and Artie, love spending the day with her in her studio.
Visit her online at TammieLyon.com.
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