A joint neighborhood effort brings collaboration and cooperation between a young child and her older friends.
When Tamar begins to decorate her sukkah, she realizes she is too small to hang the paper apples and too young to know how to write the blessing, so she enlists the neighboring children, each a little older than the one before, to help complete the preparations. Seven-year-old Danny hangs the apples; 9-year-old Shelly writes the blessing; 11-year-old Ari carries the table to the sukkah; young teen Rachel buys paper cups at the drugstore. This revision of the 1988 publication has maintained the original story and updated the bland three-color illustrations with full-color painted details. While the backyard scenes are filled with vibrant hues of a late summer garden, the features of the characters have, at times, an uneven, crude look. Birds and other animals of the yard are drawn with careful detail, yet Tamar looks like a different child in almost each scene despite her consistent red-haired pigtails. Still, the original message holds—a sukkah is not complete until it is enjoyed with friends.
An acceptable update with a timeless message. (author’s note) (Picture book. 3-5)