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
- 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.
4.0 out of 5.0