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Chik Chak Shabbat

from Candlewick Press

A Junior Library Guild Selection
Association of Jewish Libraries "Love Your Neighbor" Selection
PJ Library Selection

"As warm and comforting as a bowl of cholent, this does a fine job of showing how the American mosaic can also be a satisfying whole. Brooker’s illustrations...are full of wit and emotion that bring the story alive." Booklist *STARRED REVIEW

"Rockliff’s lovely, unassuming story of tradition and multicultural community is smartly paired with Brooker’s oil and collages. At once homespun and stylish, the pictures speak to the possibilities for human connection in a modern, urban setting." Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW

"This charming story is a celebration of multicultural America and friendship."
School Library Journal

"A warm, cozy and loving depiction of shared culinary traditions around an inviting table." 
Kirkus Reviews

"The embodiment of community, warmth, memory, and tradition." The Horn Book Magazine

Tablet Magazine
Best Jewish Children's Books of 2014

Bank Street College of Education 2015 Best Children's Books of the Year
CCBC Choices 2015 - Seasons and Celebrations

Chik Chak Shabbat cover
Every Saturday in the apartment building, a delicious smell floated from 5-A. One Saturday, however, something wasn't right.

When Goldie Simcha doesn't joyfully throw open her door to welcome everyone into her apartment for a bowl of her famous cholent, her neighbors wonder what could be wrong. Without the magic smell of bubbling cholent to waft around them, things aren't quite right for them either: Tommy's tuba plays nothing but sour notes. Signora Bellagalli's teacup falls to the floor and breaks, and Mr. Moon hurls the pages of his latest novel across the room in frustration.
    When little Lali Omar knocks on the door to 5-A, she learns that Goldie was feeling too sick on Friday to cook, and everyone knows you can't make cholent in a hurry, right away, chik chak! But it just isn't Shabbat without the special meal. What can her neighbors do to save the day?

"Mara Rockliff packs a lot of learning into this picture book—from the traditions of eating cholent and Shabbat preparations to diverse last names and food selections from around the world to the concept of welcoming the neighbor... Highly recommended for ages 3-7." —Jewish Book Council 
by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker
Picture Book
Candlewick, 2014
ISBN 978-0-7636-5528-0

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