What happens when a man and a woman marry and they are from different cultures?
Or different religions?
How do they resolve those differences?
And, how do those differences affect their children?
In the children’s book Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup by Pamela Mayer addresses those concerns.
Sophie has a Jewish grandmother and a Chinese grandmother.
She loves Bubbe’s Jewish chicken soup, made with kreplach. She also loves Nai Nai’s Chinese chicken soup, that has wontons in it.
Sophie loved both of her grandmothers. She loved their chicken soup. And, she came up with a great plan to bring both of her grandmothers (and their soups) together.
When a man and a woman marry, they automatically have differences because we all know that men are from Mars, right?
And when parents have different religions or cultures that compounds those differences. And, sometimes their children are caught in the middle.
I absolutely LOVED the creative solution how Sophie resolved the two cultures in her life. While the subject of the book is ‘soup,’ that soup is symbolic of the many traditions and ways of doing things between two cultures and religions.
This book is a sweet story that validates that a family’s two cultures and religions are equally important and can be celebrated and enjoyed by everyone.
Lucky for you, I’m NOT going to spoil things and tell you what Sophie did. You’ll have to read the book to find out! (It is a VERY clever solution, IMHO!)
I loved the illustrations in the book. They are colorful, bright, and appealing. I love how the people look. I’ve tried to decide which grandmother I like best and I can’t choose. They are both so well-drawn that I love them both. Two thumbs up to Deborah Melmon, the illustrator. She did a fabulous job on the illustrations.
I highly recommend this book! It will be a great addition to a family’s library!
You can get a copy of Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup from the Kar-Ben Publishing company. It is one of their new books hot off the press! It would make a great Christmas present for a grandchild. (Or birthday present!)
The wonderful folks at Kar-Ben also sent me some other books. Lights Out Shabbat by Sarene Shulimson and illustrated by Jeff Ebbeler is a wonderful book that shows that you can celebrate Shabbat even when the electricity goes out. Aren’t the illustrations delightful?
Kar-Ben has lots of wonderful children books featuring grandparents:
- Sadi and Ari and the Blue Blanket by Jamie Korngold
- Stones for Grandpa by Renee Londner
- Bubbee’s Belated Bat Mitzvah by Isabel Penson
- A Grandma/Grandpa Like Yours by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum (This is a flip book. One side you read the grandmother’s story. You flip it over and read the grandfather’s.)
I recommend all of these books! You and your grandkids will really enjoy them — especially together.
Kar-Ben publishes high quality K-8th grade titles that reflect the rich cultural diversity of today’s Jewish families.
Not Jewish? No worries! These books are an excellent way to learn more about Jewish life and culture.
Now for a wonderful announcement.
I’m having a giveaway. Yahoo!
One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup. All you have to do to enter my giveaway is to post a comment and mention a tradition that your family has.
This giveaway will go through midnight November 30. I will announce the lucky winner on December 1, 2016. The giveaway is available only to those living in the United States.
So, hurry now, and leave a comment!