Book Review | Talia and the Rude Vegetables by Linda Elovitz Marshall

Talia and the Rude Vegetables

Written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Francesca Assirelli
Published by Kar-Ben, 2011

Story summary: A girl visiting her grandmother mistakes “rude” vegetables for “root” vegetables as they prepare for Rosh Hashonah.

The good stuff

  • Well thought out, well executed
  • Demonstrates the values of Rosh Hashonah and tzedakah
  • The repetition of “but not what Grandma wants” works well
  • The recipe for “Rude” Vegetable Stew at the back is a nice touch
  • Author’s Note

The not-so-good-stuff

  • Illustration — Dark and somber illustrations? This is a joyous time of year!
  • Potato prejudice — Ornery onion, garish garlic, crooked carrot, terrible turnip, peculiar parsnip, but lumpy bumpy potatoes? Give the potato its due alliteration.
  • A little goes a long way — We probably could have survived with five “rude” vegetables instead of seven.
  • Start at the beginning — The first page could have been stronger if it started with Grandma’s request, rather than having a flashback on page 2.

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5.0

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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3 Responses to Book Review | Talia and the Rude Vegetables by Linda Elovitz Marshall

  1. Thanks, for the review, Barbara. This book seems worthy of a look.

  2. Excellent list of pros and cons!

    Signed, the Petulant Potato Posse

  3. Thanks Barbara–way to be a voice for potatoes! Love the book title and nice to see a story that ties in to Rosh Hashanah. I don’t remember that when my kids were little.

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