Hillel Builds a House

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

All year, Hillel builds treehouses and forts. His structures—in the backyard, under the stairs and even in the living room—can get in the way when the family is busy with holiday preparations. As the Jewish holidays come and go throughout the year, Hillel can’t seem to find the right one for his building projects. That is, until fall comes, and with it the holiday of Sukkot, the Jewish harvest holiday, which is all about building a temporary structure, called a sukkah. Hillel puts all his practice building to work as he helps his father use boards, branches and decorations to create the family sukkah.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV051000, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 530
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Shoshana Lepon

Shoshana Lepon has published numerous books for adults and children, including No Greater Treasure, Noah and the Rainbow and The Ten Plagues of Egypt.

Illustrator: Ángeles Ruiz

Ángeles Ruiz was born in Barcelona, where she lives with her husband, also an illustrator, and her daughter. She has a Fine Arts and Interior Design degree from Escola de la Llotja Art School in Barcelona. When not illustrating, she loves to explore nature, go to the library, and spend time with her family.


Sydney Taylor Shmooze

“The book has positive Jewish content and is appropriate for its intended audience of young children aged three to six.” — Laurie Adler, Syndey Taylor Shmooze Blog

AJL Newsletter

“The new illustrations are indeed a delightful improvement and will allow this fine book a deserved second life.” — Lisa Silverman, Co-editor, Children’s and Teen Literature, AJL News and Reviews, AJL Newsletter

San Diego Jewish World

“Hillel Builds a House is the perfect book to read, and reread, throughout the year.” — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish World

Jewish Book Council

“The sto­ry works well as a joy­ful read-aloud while prepar­ing for Sukkot or at any time of the year.” — Michal Hoschander Malen, Jewish Book Council