Sadie and her little brother, Ori, know all about Hanukkah and Passover and Purim, but La Ba’omer is a mystery to them. With the help of their grandfather and other adults, they discover the history and traditions of this minor holiday.
Sadie’s Lag Ba’Omer Mystery is a great introduction to the holiday. Young children can relate to Sadie and Ori and their ‘detective work’ as they uncover information. Korngold explains Lag Ba’omer in simple language and educates using positive aspects of the holiday. The story’s ending, with the children celebrating with their family, might inspire readers to have a picnic and build a bonfire in honor of the great Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
The colorful, digitally painted illustrations invite readers into the action, from studying with Rabbi Shimon in a cave in the Roman era to singing by a campfire today. Those who are fans of the other “Sadie” books by Korngold and Fortenberry will enjoy the latest one as will anyone wanting a simple introduction to Lag Ba’omer.
In addition to the story, the book includes a brief appendix of factual information about the holiday.
Recommended for ages 4 – 8.
- Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold; Julie Fortenberry, illus.
- Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold; Julie Fortenberry, illus.
- Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah by Jamie Korngold; Julie Fortenberry, illus.