Kishka for Koppel is a captivating fresh take on the classic folktale teaching us “Be careful what you wish for.” A magic meat grinder is the conduit for giving a poor Jewish couple the realization that despite their being poor, they do have a lot of things to be grateful for. Koppel and his wife, Yetta, contribute most of the conversation in a lighthearted dialogue. The author’s sense of humor gleams throughout, giving a sense of comedy to the events as they transpire. A glossary of Yiddish expressions follows the story, introducing terms with which young readers may not be familiar. Aubrey Davis has written several acclaimed stories based on folktales including Bone Button Borscht and Bagels from Benny. The lovely acrylic illustrations by Sheldon Cohen are folksy, whimsical, and filled with bright colors. They perfectly complement the light tone of the story. Recommended as either a read-to for five to six year olds or as an independent read for seven to nine year olds.
Kishka for Koppel
Shelly Feit has an M.L.S. and a Sixth-year Specialist’s Certificate in information science. She is the library director and media specialist at the Moriah School in Englewood, NJ.
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