Fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai, where he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home. But with help from his new friend Liang, and the answers to a rabbi’s riddle, Marcus sets out to build a unique sukkah in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
“this heartwarming story of cultural exchange, closing with a note about the Jewish refugee population in Shanghai, is well suited to classroom use.” — Booklist
“The illustrations depict Shanghai and the Jewish community in their historical contexts, but the friendship, and a timeless theme, take center stage.” — Foreword Reviews
“Tsong uses lithographs to create a layered, textured look, employing dark, drab hues to depict the poverty-stricken tenement district and vivid greens and red-orange tones for the sukkah and its lanterns . . . themes of friendship and respect across cultures are compelling.” — Kirkus Reviews
Author: Heidi Smith Hyde
Heidi Smith Hyde is the director of education of Temple Sinai in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her books include Feivel's Flying Horses, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and Mendel's Accordion, winner of the Sugarman Award.
Illustrator: Jing Jing Tsong
Jing Jing Tsong has illustrated many children's books, and her work has been recognized by national publications including the Print Regional Design Annual and Communication Arts. Jing Jing lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.