The Elephant in the Sukkah

The Elephant in the Sukkah

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Henry, once a happy circus elephant, feels lonely and sad at the farm for old elephants, where nobody wants to hear him sing. One evening, he follows the sound of music and singing to the Brenner family's sukkah. At last, a place where he might sing. But Henry cannot fit inside the sukkah! Ori knows it's a mitzvah to invite guests, and he gets a big idea about how to include Henry in the Sukkot fun.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 272 x 229 x 13mm | 399g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1541522125
  • 9781541522121
  • 2,565,241

Review quote

"This inventive Sukkot story uses the unexpected addition of an elephant to underscore the idea that all are welcome. Henry is a singing circus elephant who loves his job, but he ages and is sent to an old elephant home. He continues to sing, but no one appreciates him. One day he discovers the Brenner family singing in their sukkah. Returning the next night, he sings along, prompting one of the boys to explain Sukkot and invite him in. However, he does not fit. Ultimately, the Brenners make him into a wall of the sukkah, and he joins their celebration, realizing that the sukkah is "a place to be together." The following year, he builds a larger sukkah and he and the Brenners sing while the other elephants hum along. The text is concise and accessible, ideal for read-alouds. The explanation of the holiday will not be enough for the uninitiated but is integrated smoothly into the narrative. The cartoonish illustrations, reminiscent of Laura Huliska-Beith's work, depict Henry with eyeglasses, a shirt, and a hat, walking on his hind legs. The artwork is full color and mostly full-bleed, with a bold palette. Henry's unsuccessful attempts to squeeze into the sukkah are portrayed in a series of laughter-inducing spot illustrations. VERDICT While this picture book won't work as an introduction to Sukkot for newbies, Jewish libraries and public libraries will find it a welcome addition to holiday shelves."--School Library Journal

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12 ratings
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4 25% (3)
3 25% (3)
2 8% (1)
1 0% (0)
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