Hot Dogs to the Res­cue & Oth­er Stories

Miri­am Schonzeit
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By – January 9, 2012
Hot Dogs to the Res­cue is a col­lec­tion of children’s sto­ries for reli­gious­ly obser­vant fam­i­lies, a fact that’s explic­it all the way through. It’s reflect­ed in the names of the char­ac­ters — Baila, Yanky, Dovid, Chezky, and the tribu­la­tions they expe­ri­ence. In one sto­ry, two chil­dren try to pre­pare a siyum for their broth­er and his bachurim with­out help from adults. In anoth­er, a young girl strug­gles with friend­ship and study part­ners. This pop­u­lar author tack­les issues com­mon to many chil­dren, such as friends, irri­tat­ing sib­lings, and feel­ing mis­un­der­stood by one’s par­ents; how­ev­er, each short sto­ry presents a frum envi­ron­ment that would not be so acces­si­ble to read­ers who are not part of that world. Most of the sto­ries end with moral lessons that the chil­dren have learned. There is a help­ful glos­sary includ­ed for the Yid­dish and Hebrew terms. Ages 8 – 12.
Lau­ren Kramer is a Van­cou­ver-based jour­nal­ist, wife, and moth­er with a life­long pas­sion for lit­er­a­ture. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she has won awards for her writ­ing and report­ed from many cor­ners of the world. Read more of her work at www​.lau​renkramer​.net.

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