Editorial Review

Association of Jewish Libraries

Cover: Sadie's Snowy Tu B'Shevat

“Sadie (Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast, Sadie and the Big Mountain, Sadie and Ori and the Blue Blanket, and more) returns in her seventh book to educate us about the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. Sadie wants to plant a tree to celebrate Tu B’Shevat. She gets a shovel, finds the perfect spot in the yard, and digs a big hole – through a mountain of snow! Asking her mom to help her plant ‘a young sapling,’ she learns that she can’t plant a tree in the winter. ‘It will freeze,’ says her mom. ‘It can’t live,’ says her dad. ’Its roots won’t be able to grow,’ says her Grandpa. When her brother, Ori, offers to help her plant a tree, they go outside, and ‘plant’ a beautiful tree out of snow and branches. Grandma provides the hot chocolate to drink as they sing ‘Happy Tu B’Shevat’ to the tree. She then explains to Sadie and Ori that while it is winter where they live, it is spring in Israel [the date is mentioned in the Talmud as the time the sap begins to flow], and spring is the perfect time to plant trees. Grandma goes on to share a story from her own childhood about planting parsley seed in winter to use at the Passover Seder in the spring. Sadie and Ori proceed to follow the steps – get a shovel (spoon), a sapling (parsley seeds), and a special spot (the windowsill). Two months later, their ‘trees’ are ready for the Seder. The watercolor-style illustrations are soft and pastel in tone and clearly reflect the cold winter season. In addition, Sadie’s subtle facial expressions reflect her excitement at wanting to plant a tree and her disappointment upon learning that it is not going to happen. The illustrations of Sadie having fun with the large tree of her imagination are delightful. The back of the book has a short paragraph about the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. Here, rather than a story about trees and ecology, this wonderful title provides the Jewish background for the holiday along with a fun activity to do with the kids.” – Association of Jewish Libraries

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