Only peripherally about Shavuot, this story is reminiscent of the classic Caps for Sale, in that it involves caps (kippahs) and monkeys. Yossi has no money for challah or blintzes to celebrate Shavuot, so his wife Malka makes three kippahs for Yossi to sell in the market. When no one wants to buy them, he sits down to rest beneath a tree, and when he wakes, the kippahs are gone, stolen by a monkey swinging through the branches above him. Sound familiar? The adorable monkey, whom Yossi names Zelig (blessing) attracts customers so that Yossi leaves the market with some rubles in his pocket, enough to buy vegetables for soup, an apple for Zelig, and fabric for Malka to make more kippahs. Man and monkey continue to sell kippahs until one day it rains, and Zelig disappears.
Though cheerfully illustrated, this derivative story is more about friendship than Shavuot, and adding a blintz doesn’t make it more so. An additional holiday choice for readers, but cute enough otherwise.
Recommended for ages 3 – 6.