Who's Got the Etrog?

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Auntie Sanyu builds a sukkah in her Ugandan garden. Curious wildlife—the Warthog, the Lion, the Giraffe, the Elephant, and other animals—come to celebrate the Sukkot holiday. They all want to shake the lulav and smell the etrog, but will selfish Warthog learn to share?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017090
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 520
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


Jewish Journal

“This new picture book introduces children to the Ugandan Jewish community of the Abayudaya. The book says the community was started in the early 1900s by an African chief who led his people to reject Christianity and follow only the Torah. Children will enjoy following the antics of Ugandan animals who come to visit Antie Sanyu’s beautiful garden sukkah. Although Camel, Lion, Parrot and Giraffe behave themselves, Warthog gets a bit too obsessed with the sweet-smelling etrog and refuses to share. The delightful rhythm of the rhymes and the African-inspired artwork make this tale a perfect read-aloud in the sukkah or anywhere else.”―Jewish Journal

Jewish Book Council

“The pages of this story come alive with colorful, personable African animals. The tale takes place in Uganda, and the principal characters are Auntie Sanyu and the warthog. Auntie Sanyu builds a sukkah and then invites the animals to share in the festivities. Just like the holiday itself, the story lasts for eight days, during which the rhino, camel, parrot, lion and others come to visit.
However, the warthog, who is fascinated with the etrog, refuses to share it. The animals try many tactics to get him to cooperate; it’s the last guest, Sara, who solves the problem.
Small children will love the parade of bright jungle animals and the book’s lilting poetry. The issue of selfishness, and the chaos it can create, can easily be discussed with young readers or listeners.
A glossary and information about the Abayudayas, a Ugandan Jewish community, is included.
Recommended for children ages 4 to 8.” – Jewish Book Council

Author: Jane Kohuth

When Jane Kohuth was growing up in Brooklyn, she looked forward to decorating her back porch as a sukkah every year and to unwrapping the etrog from its nest of soft flax. She has a master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Her previous books include Estie the Mensch and Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree. Jane lives in Holliston, Massachusetts.

Illustrator: Elissambura

Elissambura is an illustrator of many children's books, including Alligator Seder, Happy Roo Year: It's Rosh Hashanah, and Who's Got the Etrog? Her favorite subject to draw is animals. She works in a variety of techniques, including digital and mixed media. She lives in Argentina.