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Chik Chak Shabbat
Contributor(s): Rockliff, Mara (Author), Brooker, Kyrsten (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0763688959     ISBN-13: 9780763688950
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
OUR PRICE: $6.79  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2016

Annotation: When Goldie gets sick and can't make the cholent, her neighbors bring dishes they made to share with each other.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations - Other, Religious
- Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Dewey: E
Age Level: 3-7
Grade Level: Preschool-2
Physical Information: 0.2" H x 8.9" W x 10.4" (0.65 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 169344
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Every Saturday Goldie Simcha prepares cholent (stew) to share with her neighbors on the Sabbath. When Goldie is sick, her neighbors create their own (somewhat stereotypical) multicultural feast. It's the embodiment of community, warmth, memory, and tradition--i.e., the Jewish observance of Shabbat. Oil and collage pictures evoke a cheerful urban setting through small details about the apartment dwellers. Recipe appended.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #6)
Every Saturday the delicious smell of cooking tomatoes, barley, potatoes, and beans wafts through a city apartment building as Goldie Simcha in 5-A prepares her famous cholent (stew) to share with her neighbors on the Jewish Sabbath: "For me, the taste of cholent is…Shabbat." One day Goldie is too sick to make the cholent, so her good neighbors -- mensches all -- pitch in to create their own (albeit somewhat stereotypical) multicultural feast: potato curry from the Omars; Mr. Kim's Korean barley tea; tomato pizza from Signora Bellagalli; beans and rice from Tommy Santiago and his mom. Even though there's no cholent, to Goldie the meal "tastes exactly like Shabbat." Rockliff and Brooker evoke a cheerful urban setting through small details about the apartment dwellers and their routines: every Saturday Tommy practices his tuba, Mr. Moon works on his romance novel, etc., while the reassuring scent of cholent -- shown in the illustrations as inviting curls of wispy smoke -- tickles their noses. It's the embodiment of community, warmth, memory, and tradition -- in other words, the Jewish observance of Shabbat. Brooker's oil and collage pictures incorporate many different patterns and real items (candles, potholders, fruits and veggies), adding texture to the comfortably cluttered and convivial scenes. A recipe is included. elissa gershowit Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 July #4)

Designed to cook unattended for 12 hours over the Sabbath, when observant Jews cannot perform work, cholent is a fragrant stew. Goldie Simcha, a youngish woman living in a big-city apartment building, "doesn't celebrate Shabbat exactly as my grandma did," but she honors her memory (the book's title is a colloquialism for "hurry up") by inviting her neighbors to feast on cholent every Saturday. The dish (a recipe concludes the book) is such a mainstay of building life that when Goldie gets sick and can't fix cholent, her neighbors bring dishes from their own homelands—all of which share ingredients with cholent (the Omars, for example, bring a curry made of potatoes). "I think it taste exactly like Shabbat," declares a grateful Goldie. Rockliff's (Me and Momma and Big John) lovely, unassuming story of tradition and multicultural community is smartly paired with Brooker's (The Honeybee Man) oil and collages. At once homespun and stylish, the pictures speak to the possibilities for human connection in a modern, urban setting. Ages 3–7. Author's agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

PreS-Gr 3—This charming story is a celebration of multicultural America and friendship. Every Friday afternoon, following her grandmother's weekly tradition, Goldie Simcha (simcha means celebration)—now a young woman living on her own—combines vegetables, dried beans, and barley in a large pot of broth that sits simmering on the stove through Friday night and Saturday until the delicious smell tells her and the four families who live on the floors beneath her that the cholent is ready to eat. Then all the neighbors join Goldie at her large table, each one suggesting which ingredient makes the weekly stew so delicious. But Goldie says, "'For me,the taste of cholent is … Shabbat.'" And all agree that it cannot be made in a hurry. Goldie's neighbors have interests as diverse as their ethnicities—novelist, tuba player, collector of china cups—and the foods they bring to Goldie's table on Shabbat when she feels too ill to cook—pizza, beans and rice, potato curry, and Korean barley tea—combine with their concern for their friend to make a wonderful meal even more special than usual. Brooker brings this sweet story to life with full-page, oil-painted, cartoon-style illustrations heavily detailed with clipped-out magazine photos: tableware; cleverly pieced patterned paper clothing; food and dishes. She has infused each character with distinct personality and presents them as a large, caring family, strengthened by their differences, enjoying the Sabbath together. A recipe for cholent is included.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH

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