Rab­bi Rock­et­pow­er in a Tooty-Fruity Tale for Tu Bish­vat: A Juicy Mystery

Rab­bi Susan Abram­son; Lau­ra Stan­d­ley, illus.
  • Review
By – August 7, 2012

Get ready, Rab­bi Rock­et­pow­er fans, the Rab­bi is back in an all-new adven­ture. The action this time cen­ters on Tu Bish­vat. Dad has invent­ed a time machine to show impor­tant his­tor­i­cal events. He plans to bring it to the Tu Bish­vat seder so the Rab­bi can show every­one the Gar­den of Eden with the first tree and the first Tu Bish­vat seder in the six­teenth cen­tu­ry. But the machine is left on in the house just long enough for Purr the cat to relax on the key­board. She taps a key and a shriv­eled piece of fruit dat­ing back to the Gar­den of Eden pops out. Dubbed Tooty Fruity by Purr, the fruit jumps into a bowl of raisins to hide from the hun­gry cat. Soon the fam­i­ly is off to the syn­a­gogue. When Rab­bi Mensch’s tum­my starts to growl, her son Aaron scoops up the biggest raisin he can find, and the Rab­bi toss­es Tooty-Fruity into her mouth. It lodges itself in her sinus­es and, being very eco­log­i­cal­ly-mind­ed, starts yelling out mes­sages like SV TH TRS, BYELCTRC CR and GT ME BCK TO THE GRDN BFR IT’S TOO LT through­out the Tu Bish­vat seder. Dad explains that if some­thing from the past is changed in the present, even the disap­pearance of an old, wrinkly apple core from the Gar­den of Eden, the whole world will be destroyed. The clock is tick­ing. They have only thir­ty min­utes to get Tooty Fruity out of Rab­bi Mensch’s head, through the time machine and back into the Gar­den of Eden. 

This Rab­bi Rock­et­pow­er sto­ry, like the ones before, is filled with humor. The chap­ter titles alone are hys­ter­i­cal: Tu Bish What?” and Ah… Ah… Ah Choo Bish­vat” to list a few. The book includes a recipe, a glos­sary of the Jew­ish terms, and even a spe­cial glss­ry” of Tooty Fruity words. The under­ly­ing mes­sage in Rab­bi Rock­et­pow­er in a Tooty-Fruity Tale for Tu Bish­vat is pow­er­ful and clear: SV NTR* AND SV TH RTH! Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 7 – 10


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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