by Sheilah Abramson-Miles
Title: A Mountain of Blintzes
Author: Barbara Diamond Goldin
Illustrator: Anik McGrory
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children
Intended for Ages: 5-6 years
Jewish Customs: Shavuot, the custom of eating blintzes.
Additional Topics Mentioned: Working as a team, facing challenges and misunderstandings.
Sarah, Max and their five children live in the Catskills. They represent the Jewish farming families who ultimately turned this beautiful mountain area of upstate New York into a thriving resort community in the 20th century. As Shavuot approaches, they begin to save money to purchase the ingredients for Sarah’s fabulous blintzes, so they can make a mountain of blintzes as big as Mount Sinai! Mother, father and the children each try to bring something to the table to make the blintzes. A misunderstanding between Sarah and Max almost ruins the day, but a sweet and happy ending comes to pass.
On a personal note, this book was a wonderful springboard for me to talk about Shavuot with two of my grandchildren; Elijah (9) read the book to his sister, Keegan (5), as well as to me and my husband. As Elijah read, Keegan kept turning the page to see what happens next. We all enjoyed this book very much!
A Mountain of Blintzes was mailed to 5-6 year old children in May 2012 as part of their PJ Library® subscription. PJ Library® provides the gift of free Jewish books and music to families raising Jewish children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years. To find out if subscriptions are available in your area, please visit the PJ Library®-URJ-WRJ Partnership page.
Originally posted at ReformJudaism.org.
Sheilah Abramson-Miles is a WRJ Board member and WRJ Central District First Vice President. She belongs to Women of Temple Shalom in Louisville, KY.