Joyful Jewish

A children’s book for Sukkot

Posted on: 26 September, 2010

Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake by Kelly Terwilliger, illustrated by Phyllis Hornung

This is a very sweet story about Bubbe (Granny) Isabella who builds a sukkah, bakes a sukkot cake and hopes guests will visit her.  The visitors she receives over the week-long festival are all friendly animals who join her in singing and telling jokes in the sukkah.  None of them want to eat the cake, and what finally happens to it is quite entertaining, especially from a toddler’s perspective!  At the end of the book, Bubbe Isabella turns to the celebration of Simchat Torah.

Reading from an Australian perspective you may want to reverse the seasons to match the local reality, as Sukkot is an autumn festival in the northern hemisphere but here we are just launching into spring.   If someone would re-write this story with Australian animals it would be fabulous!

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