This second book in the YaYa and YoYo series focuses on the holiday of Sukkot. The Silver twins prepare for the holiday with their family and their Hebrew school class, celebrate their birthdays, adopt a lost puppy, play pranks on each other and have an all around good time. Along the way, they learn and grow, teaching their non-Jewish and less observant Jewish friends about Sukkot and about Jewish observance, in general.
This is a lighthearted romp for middle readers with some substantial messages subtly worked into the fun. There are no heavy dilemmas resolved here but there are plenty of solid Jewish values addressed throughout. Recommended for ages 8 – 12..
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. She has lectured on a variety of topics relating to children and books and her greatest joy is reading to her grandchildren on both sides of the ocean. Michal lives in Great Neck, NY and Efrat, Israel.