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Title: Shanghai Sukkah
Author: Heidi Smith Hyde
Illustrations: Jing Jing Tsong
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
In the 1930s Jewish families escaped from Berlin and the war and fled to Shanghai. A young boy named Marcus had to learn to adapt. He made a friend named Liang and they learned to communicate and became good friends. Marcus needed to build a Sukkah to celebrate the fall harvest holiday of when the Jewish recall the biblical days of wandering the desert, living in huts, after the Exodus from Egypt. The only place to build one is on the roof. Marcus and his friends worked hard but the Sukkah was very plain. After sharing in the Chinese Moon Festival with Liang perhaps there was a way to bring both holidays together and add zest to his Sukkah.
Author Heidi Smith Hyde shares a story of Jewish culture but also about what it must have been like for Jews living in China. Colorful illustrations depict the life style of that era. Simple sentence structure makes this a good read for beginners. The back of the book has a historical note that shares true stories alongside actual photos of Jews and their homes in Shanghai. Parents and teachers can discuss history, a people and their cultures.