Lesley Simpson

The Purim Surprise

The story of what happens when you move to a new town during the Jewish holiday of Purim, and you’re convinced your Mom has forgotten your birthday.

Review


"K-Gr 4-When Naomi Levin moves to a new town three days before her seventh birthday and the Jewish holiday of Purim, she struggles with the discomfort of being a stranger in a strange place. Her mother suggests that they break the ice with their new neighbors by giving them traditional Purim treats. For two days they ignore the moving boxes and set to baking hamantaschen, buying candy, packing up the goodies, and delivering them to every Jewish family in town. What Naomi doesn't know is that an invitation to celebrate her birthday is included with the sweets, resulting in a wonderful Purim surprise party complete with costumes, gifts, and lots of new friends. Though somewhat stilted, the cheerful illustrations successfully convey the loving relationship between parent and child. More than a simple holiday tale, this is a satisfying story about the value of giving."
--Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School,
School Library Journal Review

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--Jerusalem Report December 2001
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