The Lit­tle Esrog

Rochelle Kochin; Jan­ice Hechter, illus.
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By – March 23, 2017

The Lit­tle Esrog hopes only to par­tic­i­pate in the hol­i­day of Sukkos, to play some small part and be use­ful in a minor role. He knows he is small­er than the oth­ers and is mod­est in his ambi­tions. But when the well-mean­ing non-Jew­ish deliv­ery man cuts the essen­tial part, the pit­om, off each of the larg­er and more beau­ti­ful esrog spec­i­mens, in his mis­tak­en attempt to help out, the Lit­tle Esrog, who was over­looked and still has his pit­om, is the only one who can save the day. Because he is still whole and unblem­ished, the peo­ple of the town can per­form the mitz­vah, say the prop­er bless­ings and observe the hol­i­day in the cor­rect man­ner. The Lit­tle Esrog is still mod­est but is now hap­py and ful­filled because he is the one who saved the entire hol­i­day from ruin. 

Lessons learned from this sweet sto­ry are both obvi­ous and sub­tle and make good top­ics for fam­i­ly or class­room discussion. 

Full page illus­tra­tions are soft­ly and gen­tly inte­grat­ed into this sweet sto­ry. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 5 – 10.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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