Sukkot and Simchat Torah Books

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Sammy Spider's First Sukkot

By Sylvia A. Rouss
Inside, outside, upside down! Where is Sammy Spider now? Swinging on an apple, from the roof of the Shapiro family sukkah. He is learning about the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot!

Description from Publisher

Tamar's Sukkah

(Board Book)

By Ellie Gellman
Something's missing, Tamar decides, as she studies her family's sukkah. It takes a lot of friends -- each one a little bigger -- to add the decorations, furnishings, and snacks that make it "just right."

Description from Publisher

Tamar is getting ready to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a fall harvest holiday recalling the time when the Israelites wandered in the desert and lived in huts. Each child in the neighborhood helps her to decorate her sukkah, or booth. When it is decorated to everyone's satisfaction, the friends enjoy some refreshments together. Tamar realizes, ``A sukkah full of friends is quite right. It is exactly what a sukkah should be.'' This very simple text and three-color illustrations convey the fun of Sukkot at a child's level and tells something about cooperation and friendship as well.

Description from School Library Journal
Hillel Builds a House
Hillel Builds a House

By Shoshana Lepon
Hillel loves to build houses -- tree houses, pillow forts, and closet hideaways. But he can't seem to find the right time to celebrate in one of his houses until fall comes, bringing the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Hillel Builds A House is a full color picturebook trip through the Jewish year. As fanciful and joyful as it is a delight. Ideal for ages 3-7.

Description from Midwest Book Review

Hillel loves to build houses. He wanted to light Hanukkah candles in his homemade house, but that might start a fire. He built a house costume that he could wear for Purim, but a rainstorm turned his house into a soggy cardboard mess. He built himself a fort out of pillows for Passover, but he had to disassemble it to make room for the Seder guests. He built a tent so he could sleep outside for Shavout just like the Jews in the desert, but his father brought him to synagogue to study Torah all night. Finally, the holiday of Sukkot arrives, and Hillel realizes that it is the perfect holiday to build a house. Children will relate to Hillel's attempt to build a pretend house at every opportunity. Hillel clearly loves celebrating each holiday in spite of his disappointment at not being able to celebrate the holidays in his house. An excellent choice for preschoolers or early elementary readers.

Lori's Description

Night Lights:
A Sukkot Story

By Barbara Diamond Goldin
Goldin uses the story of two siblings spending a night in the family sukkah - a small, temporary hut roofed with tree branches that is constructed during the Jewish fall harvest festival of Sukkot - as a vehicle to help explain the holiday. Daniel and his older sister help their parents to build and decorate the sukkah, and then share a family meal inside it. Afterwards, trying to settle down to sleep, the boy becomes nervously aware of night sounds and shapes, but is reassured by his sister's comparison of brightly shining stars and moon to the night light in his bedroom. Bold, full-and double-page linocuts, richly colored with oils and pastels, feature caricaturelike people, imaginary monsters, and a particularly expressive pet cat. The first page of black text, set against a peach and blue sky, is a bit difficult to read, but the volume as a whole is well designed and attractive. A page of information about Sukkot concludes the book. Because most young children can relate to Daniel's fear of the dark, the story will be appreciated by both general and Jewish audiences

Description from School Library Journal

K'tonton's Sukkot Adventure
A story about K'tonton -- a Jewish Tom Thumb. When Sukkot arrives, K'tonton asks to accompany his father to synagogue, and when the man tells him to "`Wait until you're a little bigger'" he hides in a small box used to carry the etrog (a symbolic fruit used on Sukkot). Once there, the tiny fellow climbs onto a long leaf of the lulav (willow and myrtle branches) in order to have a better view and holds on as it is waved during the service. He is discovered when, overcome by fervor, his clear voice rings out in the singing of the prayers.

from School Library Journal

K'tonton, the Jewish Tom Thumb, is back for another adventure that is sure to excite children of all ages. This collection seamlessly combines two K'tonton stories both revolving around Sukkot. The first story tells of how K'tonton's mother, desperate to have a child of her own, tells an old woman at synagogue "Ah, if only I could have a child! I shouldn't mind if he were no bigger than a thumb." The old woman instructs her to bite off the end of the etrog on the last day of Sukkot. In a year's time, K'tonton was born -- he was exactly the size of a thumb -- and his bed was an etrog box. The second story tells how K'tonton wanted desperately to go with his father to synagogue, but he was too young. K'tonton instead hitchhiked a ride in his father's etrog box. Once they reached the synagogue, K'tonton climbed up the lulav only to find himself in for a surprise when the lulav began to shake. K'tonton is one of the classic characters in Jewish literature and it is easy to see why. The storytelling is conversational and perfect for reading aloud. The simple sketch drawings give the story a timeless feel. Overall, a superb choice for family reading every year!

Lori's Description

Please note that K'tonton's Sukkot Adventure can also be found in the The Best of K'tonton collection

Bubbe Isabella And The Sukkot Cake

By Kelly Terwilliger
One Sukkot, Bubbe Isabella builds a sukkah and decorates it with leaves and branches, colored cloth, apples, grapes, corn, and pumpkins. Each night she wishes for someone to sit with her and share her freshly baked lemon cake. However, the only guests she receives are a caterpillar, a moth, a squirrel, a raccoon, a deer, and a bear that accidentally smashes the cake. They all enjoy munching on different parts of the sukkah and spending the evening together. Just as she is about to disassemble it, a boy asks for her colored cloth to make a flag for the Simchat Torah holiday procession. Bubbe Isabella is happy to finally be able to share her sukkah with someone else. With pleasant, animated illustrations, this unique story connects two Jewish holidays. The simple text reads well aloud, but readers may be disappointed that the words to Bubbe Isabella's welcome song, which she sings each evening to attract visitors, are not included. A brief note explaining the two holidays is included.

Description from School Library Journal

It's Sukkah Time

By Latifa Berry Kropf
A preschool class demonstrates the steps of sukkah-building to celebrate the fall harvest, Sukkot. Blessings in Hebrew and English are included.

Description from Publisher

Leo & Blossom's Sukkah
Following the same graceful style as in Beni's First Chanukah and Happy Passover, Rosie, Zalben introduces Sukkot through the adventures of the Bear family as they prepare for the Jewish holiday. Leo and Blossom decide to build their own sukkah, or hut, next to the family one, but their overzealous decorating attempts go awry. With their parents' help, all is put right, and the holiday culminates in a joyful feast. This gives Papa and Mama the opportunity to explain the origin of the holiday within the confines of the plot. The full-color illustrations in soft hues add gentle humor and warmth, and Zalben deftly integrates Sukkot's meaning and rituals into a story young children will appreciate.

from School Library Journal

Please note that Leo & Blossom's Sukkah can also be found in the Beni's Family Treasury : Stories for the Jewish Holidays collection

Let's Build a Sukkah

(Board Book)

By Madeline Wikler
Hammer the nails.
Build the walls.
Gather the branches.
Cover the roof.
Decorate the sukkah and come inside!

Description from Publisher

On Sukkot and Simchat Torah

By Cathy Goldberg Fishman

  • Booklist Starred Review

A proud girl relates the busy goings-on around her house in preparation for two Jewish holidays that occur in the fall. More an explanation of the observances than a story, the book would be most useful in (non-Orthodox) Jewish schools or with children interested in learning about various religious and family rituals. The text is well written, and the general warmth of the family gatherings and pride of faith show through. Most touching is the scene of the narrator imagining her biblical ancestors sitting beside her in the outdoor sukkah as she eats at the table in the cool night breeze. The lovely, muted pastel illustrations are an excellent accompaniment to the lyrical text. There is a scarcity of childrens books dealing with these two celebrations, so it is a pleasure to see such a fine one.

Description from School Library Journal

The holidays on the Jewish calendar that follow the High Holy Days are Sukkot, a harvest festival, then Simchat Torah, when the reading of the Torah is completed and begins again. Although not as well known as some, these are important Jewish holidays, and this very attractive book does them justice. "Who wants to help?" the book begins, and readers watch a family get ready for the Sukkot by building a small shelter, a sukkah, where parents and children will eat, even sleep. In evocative prose, Fishman not only explains the holiday but also captures the joyous mood that infuses it, linking the day with the traditions of yesteryear. She also captures the celebratory feel of Simchat Torah, complete with the marching and singing that take place as the Torah is carried around the synagogue. The lively text is matched by Hall's stirring artwork, in shades of blue, green, gold, and orange, which is ethereal yet full of sweet, everyday detail. Those looking for a special book on these holidays will be inspired.

Description from Booklist
Tanta Teva and the Magic Booth
Tanta Teva and the Magic Booth
In this fantastic Sukkot novel, Marc meets Tanta Teva, a cleaning lady who is busy scrubbing graffiti off rocks in the forest. They proceed to travel in her Magic Sukkah to meet Biblical heroes in their childhood -- Joshua, David and Hillel. On his journey Marc learns a lot about the history of the Sukkah and its modern values.

Marc steps into the"Magic Booth" and vanishes!

It all started when Marc ran away one night to try to get his parents to buy him a virtual reality hook-up. In the woods outside his house he encounters Tanta Teva, a cleaning lady who is busy scrubbing graffiti off rocks in the forest. She come equipped with a funny green booth called a "sukkah" and makes Marc step in.

Together Marc and Tanta Teva visit Joshua (from the Bible), David (before he gets to be king of Israel), and Hillel (before he becomes a great rabbi in ancient Jerusalem).

When Marc returns home, no one really believes the stories of where he'd been and whom he'd met! Would you?

Description from Publisher

Zaydie's Special Esrogim

By Aydel Lebovics
Every Sukkos, Zaydie's garage turns into a lulav and esrog store. Enjoy the holiday with Dovid as he learns all the mitzvos of Sukkos.
Tikvah Means Hope
Tikvah Means Hope

By Patricia Polacco
Polacco recalls a terrible firestorm in Oakland, California, that consumed its hills, and describes two miracles that took place there. On the day before Sukkoth, Mr. Roth begins to build a Sukkah, which he explains to the two non-Jewish neighbor children who have come to help, is an outdoor hut built for the holiday, with a roof of open branches to recall the time the Jews wandered in the desert and lived in similar huts. That night, the children sleep in it, joined by Tikvah, the Roths' cat. The next morning something is awry. The sun is fiery orange and a strong hot wind has sprung up. The hills are on fire! Panic and confusion prevail, and families are evacuated. The fire burns for two days. Incredibly, the Sukkah was spared and Tikvah is found alive. Polacco's illustrations are dramatically expressive. She contrasts homey scenes of one day with the confusion, despair, and eventual ash gray caused by the destruction. These are followed by a night of redemption, the Sukkah standing untouched among the ashes, the neighbors illuminated in the light of a holiday candle, gathered to give thanks and to eat in the one standing structure. Polacco has provided Sukkoth with its own miracle.

Description from School Library Journal

The Wind and the Sukkah

By Aydel Lebovics
Everyone is busy preparing for Sukkos- except Mr. Levy. Then a mysterious wind and some friendly neighbors change everything.
All About Sukkot
All About Sukkot

By Judyth Saypol Groner
Lavishly illustrated explanation of the holiday history, customs, and symbols. Feturning "The Big Sukkah" retold by Peninnah Schram.

Sukkot and Simchat Torah Fun for Little Hands

By Judyth Saypol Groner
Young children learn about the holidays through simple craft and activity pages. Make a Simchat Torah flag, see what's wrong with the sukkah, and complete the mazes and dot-to-dot. Will full-color board game.

Description from Publisher

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