06 December 2011

Run, Run As Fast As You Can

"The Gingerbread Man" is a popular story to read to primary school children at the beginning of the year.  I know teachers who have used it as a tour of the school (walk around looking for the Gingerbread Man and see all the different parts of the school) and it is a great story for sequencing.  The students at my new school love the story and I have at least one request for it a week.

It is not necessarily one of Isaac's favorite stories, but we read a story recently that he liked that is a loose retelling of the folktale.  The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman was one that we read for his Hanukkah research project.  It was Isaac's second favorite, after D is for Dreidel.

The main character is making latkes for her temple's celebration when three jump out of the pan and run away.  What ensues is a merry chase around town, involving more and more people, until the latkes are finally caught in a river that miraculously turns into apple sauce.

After reading this book, Isaac and I may try to make some latkes.  I think we will buy some apple sauce though, rather than searching for a river to dunk them in.

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