Cakes and Miracles (Picture Puffins)

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9780140548716: Cakes and Miracles (Picture Puffins)

As the Jewish holiday of Purim approaches, blind Hershel wishes he could help bake the delicious holiday hamantaschen pastries. If only he could see! Then one night an angel appears with a message for Hershel--and it leads to an exciting surprise for the whole village. Full color.

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Author Barbara Diamond Goldin has written many distinguished books on Jewish themes, including The World’s Brithday: A Rosh Hashana Story, A Mountain of Blintzes, and The Passover Journey: A Seder Companion. In 1997, she received the Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. A former preschool teacher, language arts teacher, and writing instructor, she currently works as a librarian and enjoys conducting writing workshops. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Illustrator Jaime Zollars lives in Baltimore, Maryland and teaches illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art

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PreSchool-Grade 3-- Hershel , blinded by a childhood illness, is bored and misbehaves in school. What he loves to do most is mold the mud on the riverbank into imaginary landscapes. One night, he dreams that an angel tells him to make what he sees in his imagination; drawn to the malleable dough in his mother's kitchen, so much like the cool mud of the river bank, he sculpts cookies in the shapes of the marvelous images he sees in his mind, and helps his mother sell them for Purim. This original tale, set in Eastern Europe in the late 19th century, satisfies on many levels. The fluid writing has grace and beauty. The plot development can be attributed to Weihs's expressive illustrations that project the yearning of this young boy not to be bound by his blindness and the love between mother and son. The book's theme of the strength of the human spirit in overcoming affliction is universal; its wonderful depiction of the exuberant celebration of Purim will be welcome in public and special libraries. Appended is the story of Purim and a recipe for hamantashen , those delectable three cornered pastries. Weihs's perfectly composed, folk-type illustrations are rich, yet subtle. Colors are muted grays, greens, blues, rose, umber, and terra cotta, painted in oils on board. Outstanding. --Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City
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