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Fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai, where he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home. But with help from his new friend Liang, and the answers to a rabbi's riddle, Marcus sets out to build a unique sukkah in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot....

Title : Shanghai Sukkah
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ISBN : 9781467734745
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Shanghai Sukkah Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-02-26 03:09

    Here's another wonderful picture book that sheds light on yet another aspect of history that I was totally unaware of. It leaves me with many questions....are there still Jewish communities in Shanghai? I'll have to research farther. This was a book celebrating history, friendship, traditions, and cultures. Wonderful!

  • Kristi Bernard
    2019-03-21 04:57

    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.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-01 00:04

    When Marcus and his family flee Germany to escape Hitler's reprisals against Jews, he misses his friends and traditions. But in Shanghai, he finds a new friend in Liang as well as some new traditions. Both cultures celebrate harvest with a festival and various rituals. Marcus and his friends use bamboo to create a sukkah under which the family can celebrate on the roof. The structure is sturdy enough but seems plain to Marcus. His friend surprises him by adding Chinese lanterns for a touch of color, thus blending parts of both of their cultural practices. The story is sweetly moving, and the back matter describing how many Jews relocated to China between 1939 and 1941 is informative. There are even photographs showing how crowded the living conditions in Shanghai were. This is a useful book to expand what others know about the Holocaust and how one country opened its doors to those seeking a new home.

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-03-03 03:58

    I think my only criticism of this book is how much it glosses over the struggle of learning another's language in the beginning, but it just feels so off for that to have not been mentioned, but for a single line. After we're told they speak different languages, the book just moves on. I don't need a huge focus, but it bugged me.I like this focus on a story of the Jews with which I was completely unfamiliar, and which will be similarly new to many people. There's just this block in my head that said Jewish refugees went to America, and this book makes sure we know that America wasn't the first refugee site, and wasn't even the friendliest.A good book for teaching Jewish children more about their history, and for showing children of different backgrounds that we can all bond and get along. Great for a Jewish school or household.

  • Maritza Mejia
    2019-03-15 05:51

    A young boy named Marcus had to move with his family from Berlin to Shanghai. While playing in his new place with other Jewish boys, he made a new friend named Liang. Although they spoke different languages, they learned how to communicate and became good friends. Marcus needed to build a Sukkah to celebrate the fall harvest holiday. Marcus and his friends worked hard to keep his traditions abroad and found the only place to build one on the roof. Liang shared his harvest holiday called Moon Festival and added enthusiasm by bringing colorful lanterns to Marco’s Sukkah. Keep traditions alive! I highly recommend this book.

  • Maggie Mattmiller
    2019-03-16 05:54

    I LOVE when I learn things from picture books. I had no idea that Jewish people in Germany among other countries fled to China! That in itself is a really cool topic to learn about! This book does a good job though of going one step past that, and introducing bits of each culture, and showing how they can go together. Really sweet book- I just wish it had more facts/information/real life examples. There has to be a memoir out there from someone who did this, right? The search is on...This is a book I would love to have in my classroom library.

  • Angie
    2019-02-27 06:53

    This is a story about a Jewish family who fled to Shanghai during WWII. The boy is disappointed because he doesn't think they can make a Sukkah like they had in Berlin. With the help of his friends he builds one, but it is his new Chinese friend who makes it spectacular with the addition of red lanterns. This book made me want to learn more about how China opened its doors to Jewish refugees. We don't think of China as an open or welcoming place today, so this is an interesting part of their history.

  • Becca
    2019-03-24 02:55

    Topics : Jewish religious traditions, Chinese traditions, friendshipCharacters : two boys, one Chinese from Shanghai the other Jewish from PolandClassroom relevance : presents perspectives not usually seen in children's literature (historical Jewish and Chinese) Grade level(s) : 3rd+Follows the friendship of two boys in Shanghai around WWII and how they bond despite language and cultural differences. (Doesn't include enough information about Chinese tradition, in my opinion)

  • Crystal
    2019-03-08 23:51

    I enjoyed learning about this bit of history. I was unaware that Jewish people had fled to China prior to WWII. I think it helps give a broader picture of the past when we see these types of stories. I appreciated the back matter that also included photos from the time.This will also be another book to add to our harvest festival displays and library lessons.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-19 01:45

    I mean.Really cool part of history I know nothing about, so that's neat. But the whole becoming friends without a common language thing is cute but ridiculous when they go on to have really complex conversations with each other and it never becomes clear just how much time has passed that allows them to describe in detail how their respective holidays work - AND trade riddles. Really?

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-03-01 07:10

    Fleeing the violent anti-Semitism in Germany that will soon grow into the Holocaust, Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai, where with help from his new friend Liang, Marcus sets out to build a unique sukkah, including traditions of a Chinese harvest holiday, in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot. Good story with an informative historical note.

  • Dennis Liverani
    2019-03-14 23:45

    Colorful pictures using colored pencils. These pictures are not real fancy but the author gets her point across. This story is about a Jewish family living in China. I like how Marcus meets his new friend Liang, not being able to communicate at first yet still able to be friends in the early 1900's was pretty cool as well.

  • Jim
    2019-03-01 03:57

    beautifully illustrated book about being a stranger in a strange land.

  • Emily
    2019-02-22 04:56

    It's so great when I learn something from picture books, other than how to say I love you in Dinosaur. This was a really interesting aspect of history that I had no idea about.

  • Tanja
    2019-02-25 02:59

    Beautiful illustrations and a story about new beginning, Jewish traditions, and friendship.I liked it more for its message though than for the way it was told.