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
neighbors wonder what could be wrong. Without the magic smell of
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.
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
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
Read an interview about this book:Jewish Picture Books for Kids: Welcome Mara