Not for all the Haman­taschen in Town

Lau­ra Aron Mil­han­der; Inna Chernyak, illus.
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By – June 22, 2016

The three lit­tle pigs, Ris­hon, Sheni and Shlishi, decide to dress up as King Aha­suerus for the Purim car­ni­val cos­tume parade. Ris­hon and Sheni quick­ly make paper crowns and then race out to play, but Shlishi spends all after­noon mak­ing a stur­dy crown of papi­er mache. Of course, in a sto­ry about three lit­tle pigs, there has to be a big, bad wolf. And though this wolf is big, and bad­ly behaved, he doesn’t have a taste for lit­tle pigs. He only wants to eat haman­taschen but how to get some with­out grab­bing? Shlishi tells him, You just need to ask nice­ly.” The wolf polite­ly says please,” and also remem­bers to say thank you.” The illus­tra­tor has cre­at­ed a col­or­ful fairy-tale set­ting and live­ly, endear­ing char­ac­ters. There’s also a recipe for haman­taschen, a brief note about Purim, and a glos­sary of Purim terms. And giv­ing the pigs the names of Hebrew num­bers is a fun way to learn to count to three. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 8.

Relat­ed Content: 

Susan Kan­tor was a senior writer/​editor for Girl Scouts of the USA, a chil­dren’s book edi­tor, and a past judge for the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards in the illus­trat­ed children’s book cat­e­go­ry. She is a writer and a docent at the Rubin Muse­um in New York City, where she leads pub­lic and pri­vate tours.

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