Clarence's Topsy-Turvy Shabbat

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Is Clarence confused and will he create chaos on Shabbat? His special Shabbat challah recipe calls for flour, oil, honey, yeast and water, and his neighbors eagerly await their loaves. But instead he gathers a silly assortment of things. How will he bake his challah?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2020-04-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017090, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 520
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod lives in northern Israel with her family. Her previous book with illustrator Shirley Waisman, Yossi and the Monkeys, has become a Shavuot favorite.

Illustrator: Jennie Poh

Jennie Poh was born in England and grew up in Malaysia. She studied Fine Art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design as well as Fashion Illustration at Central St. Martins. She lives in Surrey, England.


San Diego Jewish World

" The story continues with Clarence bringing home a bunny instead of honey and the narrator chastises him, drawing the reader into fun." — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish World

AJL Newsletter

“Clarence is a lovable fool, and it’s so nice to have a new twist on a Shabbat story.” — Rachel Glasser, retired librarian, Yavneh Academy, Teaneck, NJ

Jewish Link NJ

“The story is humorous, gentle and perfect for young readers.” — Adam Samuel, Journalist, Jewish Link NJ, Teaneck, NJ

Jewish Book Council

“This sto­ry is rec­om­mend­ed for par­ents and chil­dren who want to bake some fun into their shared read­ing experience.” — Mical Hoschander Malen, Jewish Book Council Editor

A Journey To A Promised Land Which Flows With Milk and Honey

“The story shows the importance of sharing and also spending time with friends during Shabbat. It also shows how you can go the extra mile to make a Shabbat meal more beautiful.” — Jill Harris


“This will be a welcome addition for Jewish families as well as a good introduction to Shabbat for children who aren’t Jewish.” — Rachael Reiley, San Jose State Univ, iSch Student, BayViews

Kirkus Reviews

“The best surprise is what a joyful found family the animals make at Shabbat dinner. Jaded readers will love this crafty twist on the holy fool.” — Kirkus Reviews