Sadie's Lag Ba'Omer Mystery

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

“What is Lag Ba’Omer?” Sadie and Ori ask their grandfather, who sends them off on a mission to solve the mystery. They learn the surprising history and traditions behind the holiday, and invite their friends and family to a Lag Ba’Omer picnic and celebration.

The fourth title in the “Sadie and Ori” Jewish holiday series including Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast, Sadie and the Big Mountain, and Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017090
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Features Reviewed

Author: Jamie Korngold

Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold received ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is the founder and spiritual leader of the Adventure Rabbi Program. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her two daughters, Sadie and Ori.

Illustrator: Julie Fortenberry

Julie Fortenberry is an abstract painter and a children's book illustrator. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York, and lives in Philadelphia.


AJL Newsletter

“This delicious story fills a need: an elementary grades’ explanation of an historical holiday in a stand-alone book smartly targeted to its audience that delivers to children and the adults who read it to them. Highly recommended for expanding celebration information and for bringing us once again the irrepressible, charming Sadie and Ori.” — AJL Reviews

Jewish Book World

“Sadie’s Lag Ba’Omer Mystery is a great introduction to the holiday. Young children can relate to Sadie and Ori and their ‘detective work’ as they uncover information. Korngold explains Lag Ba’Omer in simple language and educates using positive aspects of the holiday.” — Jewish Book World

Chicago Jewish Star

“Solving a holiday mystery is the mission of Sadie and her little brother Ori in Sadie’s Lag Ba’Omer Mystery by Jamie Korngold, illustrated by Julie Fortenberry (Kar-Ben, $7.95 pb), for early elementary-age kids.

They may be familiar with Sadie and Ori from other holiday stories such as Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast (Jewish Star Review, Sept. 16, 2011).

This time, their grandpa sets them on a mystery search to discover what the holiday of Lag Ba’Omer is all about.

They look in books, ask others, find out some details but not enough. It’s grandpa who sits them down beside him and tells them some of the story.” — Chicago Jewish Star

Kirkus Reviews

“The evenly told story is laced with mild suspense. It is coupled with cheery illustrations that include carefully placed details that indicate the centrality of faith to this suburban family. A welcoming introduction to an often overlooked minor holiday.” — Kirkus Reviews