Sunday, December 20, 2020

Review - Potatoes at Turtle Rock

Potatoes at Turtle Rock

by Susan Schnur & Anna Schnur-Fishman
illustrated by Alexandra Steele-Morgan
Date: 2016
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Annie leads her family on a nighttime journey around their farm to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. At each stop along the way--the Old Log, Squeezy Cave, and Billy Goat's Bridge--Annie uses riddles (and potatoes) to mark old traditions and start new ones. They end up at Turtle Rock Creek, where they give thanks for the light and warmth (and potatoes) in their lives.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Potatoes at Turtle Rock depicts a different sort of Hanukkah celebration. Annie, her brother, her parents, their goat, and their chicken make a nighttime journey on the sixth night of Hanukkah. They visit different locations, and at each one, Annie has a riddle for everybody. She also has a treat waiting for them at Turtle Rock.

I liked seeing a different take on a traditional Hanukkah story. The outdoor setting and the potatoes were an interesting twist. The illustrations are nice, too; even though the whole story takes place at night, there's still plenty to see.

I'd recommend this one to those who are looking to add to their winter holiday picture book collections, especially if they're looking for Hanukkah books.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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