Prob­lems in Purimville: A Purim Story

Karen Fis­man; Wendy Faust, illus.
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By – September 1, 2011
Trou­ble is brew­ing and Sarah and Jacob are caught in the mid­dle of it. Purim is just a day away but every­thing is going wrong. The haman­tashen taste like brus­sel sprouts with hot chili sauce and the cos­tumes are all mixed up. When a cry for help appears on their gold­en grag­gers, the chil­dren know just what to do. With a mighty shake, their grag­gers mag­i­cal­ly trans­port Sarah and Jacob to Purim­land, where help is def­i­nite­ly need­ed. The haman­tashies are fac­ing a hor­ri­ble haman­ish prob­lem.” It seems a nasty group of Grem­lins are sneak­ing into the ware­hous­es at night to mix up the cos­tumes and trans­form the yum­my haman­tashen into yucky-tast­ing ones. If the chil­dren can’t find a way to stop the Grem­lins, Purim will be ruined for every­one. Sarah and Jacob soon dis­cov­er that noise fright­ens the Grem­lins. But the haman­tashies are timid crea­tures. How will the chil­dren con­vince them to stand up to the Grem­lins and scare them away? Prob­lems in Purimville is a delight­ful sequel to Fisman’s first chap­ter book, An Adven­ture in Latka­land. Fisman’s fun-filled text com­bined with Faust’s col­or­ful illus­tra­tions, will enter­tain chil­dren ages 7 – 10 dur­ing Purim and long afterwards.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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