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GRANDMA ROSE'S MAGIC by Linda Elovitz Marshall


by Linda Elovitz Marshall & illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7613-5216-7
Publisher: Kar-Ben

Can sewing make magic?

Yes, if it’s done by kind-hearted Grandma Rose. Every day she sews, and every day she saves to buy a beautiful set of dishes, just like the ones her grandmother used on Shabbos. She sews for everyone: a skirt for Mrs. Feldman, a blue tablecloth for Mrs. Cooper, a hat for Mrs. Segal and a shirt for Mr. Cohen. For each item, she stitches something extra (rose-shaped buttons for the skirt, a set of napkins for the tablecloth and so on), as if by magic. When her jar of coins reaches $200, she goes to the store to buy the pretty pink-and-red–rose dishes with blue-and-gold trim. Oh no, the department store does not have them! Sadly, she uses her money to buy food for a special meal and returns home. Surprise! Each of the people for whom she sewed is there, holding a piece of her beloved china. The attractive illustrations (reminiscent of Emma Chichester Clark) add Jewish references to situate the story firmly within its community.

A well-stitched tale about generosity for people of all faiths. (Picture book. 4-7)