A young boy celebrates Shabbat with his extended, multiracial family in this adorable rhyming board book. “Bubbe’s in the kitchen, chicken’s in the pot. Know what I’m sayin’? Time for Shabbat!” The little boy helps Bubbe bake the challah, and there’s kugel with raisins on the table. Mommy blesses the candles, Zayde says the Kiddush, and Daddy recites the Motzi.
While participating in the traditional Shabbat preparations and rituals, this Bubbe is styling with a chic haircut, hip glasses, dangly earrings, and red sneakers. How refreshing to see a modern Jewish grandmother portrayed in a children’s book! A fun read-aloud, this book will certainly be enjoyed by grandparents and their young grandchildren.
Recommended for ages 1 to 4.
Rachel Kamin has been a synagogue librarian and Jewish educator for over twenty-five years and has worked at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, IL since 2008, currently serving as the Director of Lifelong Learning. A past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee and past editor of Book Reviews for Children & Teens for the Association of Jewish Libraries News & Reviews, her articles and book reviews appear in numerous publications. She has been a member of the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Book Award Committee since 2021.