How to Get to Sav­ta’s for Shabbat

  • Review
By – June 12, 2023

Young lis­ten­ers will love this sto­ry about two friends’ delight­ful jour­ney to Sav­ta’s house — and their adven­tures as they try to make it in time for Shabbat.

A young boy is wok­en up by his pen­guin friend. He loads his back­pack, and togeth­er the two embark on fun and fan­ci­ful trav­els — on a smil­ing blue ele­phant, down a slide, into a space cap­sule, and up to the moon. There they buy a bou­quet for Sav­ta, then con­tin­ue their enchant­i­ng expe­di­tion by float­ing on a cloud. They pro­ceed via pro­peller-pow­ered bus until they reach Sav­ta’s home, where she greets them with warm hugs and wel­comes them to a Shab­bat that is sure to be filled with joy. The illus­tra­tions beau­ti­ful­ly enrich this sto­ry. They indi­cate that both Sav­ta and her grand­son are Jews of col­or, and make our imag­i­na­tions soar as we fol­low the char­ac­ters’ progress through a pas­tel-col­ored landscape.

The flower sell­er, the blue ele­phant, and the bus dri­ver reap­pear at Sav­ta’s table, where they all par­take in din­ner togeth­er. Like the cel­e­bra­tion of Shab­bat, this whim­si­cal, sat­is­fy­ing book is an expe­ri­ence to be savored.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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