Rise & Shine

A Challah-Day Tale

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

What is the mysterious writing on a crumpled piece of paper that Sammy and Sophie find in the attic? The answer leads to a happy baking adventure at Grandma Gert’s retirement home.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV033020, JUV050000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.5 x 9.75
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Recipes, and Reviewed

Author: Karen Ostrove

Doodler, cartoonist, illustrator, teacher, muralist and ventriloquist, Karen Ostrove has authored and illustrated children’s classics including Only Nine Chairs, Fins and Scales, Poppy Seeds, Too, and The Modi’in Motel. Her famous puppet shows are popular in Jewish schools and JCCs nationwide. She is the Creative Director of the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City. She lives in New Jersey.

Illustrator: Kimberley Scott

Kimberley Scott graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Graphic Illustration from Manchester Metropolitan University. A freelance illustrator, her projects include greeting cards, puzzles, and calligraphy, as well as children's books. She starts her artwork by hand, using a mix of pencil, pen, and ink, and then moves to her computer to bring her characters to life with color. She lives in England.


American Jewish World

Rise and Shine: A Challah-Day Tale,” by Karen Ostrove and illustrated by Kimberly Scott, is an intergenerational tale of siblings Sammy and Sophie, who find a crumpled piece of paper in the pocket of an old apron. When they can’t read the letters written on it, they visit Grandma Gert at Shalom House. Grandma Gert tells the children that it’s a challa recipe written in Yiddish from her very own grandmother. And with the help of Aunt Jenny, Great Uncle Benny and even Grumpy Old Ned, they bake the challa just in time for Shabbat. This delightful story is told in rhyme and features fun and whimsical illustrations. It is intended for ages three to eight." —American Jewish World

AJL Newsletter

“While playing dress-up in the attic with her brother Sammy, Sophie discovers a crumpled piece of paper in an old apron pocket. Unable to read the strange words, Sophie and Sammy rush to Shalom House to ask Grandma Gert for a translation. The scribbles turn out to be an old family recipe for making challah written in Yiddish. What follows is a rollicking intergenerational baking lesson in the retirement home’s kitchen with flour flying, eggs cracking, and yeast rising. The end result is six loaves to share with family and friends on Shabbat. Told in simple, lilting rhymes and illustrated with wide-eyed, happy, and helpful characters, Rise & Shine is a sweet story about the joy of baking and a ‘challah-day tale’ worth sharing. Includes a challah recipe. (Karen Ostrove has authored and illustrated Judaic children’s classics including Only Nine Chairs, Fins and Scales, The Modi’in Motel, and Poppy Seeds, Too.)”—AJL Newsletter