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The Princess of Borscht

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Publisher Comments:

Ruthie's grandma is in the hospital, not surprisingly complaining about the food. All she wants is a nice bowl of borscht. Ruthie comes to the rescue, even though she hasn't the faintest idea of how to make it. With the help of a few well-meaning neighbors (including the Tsarina of Borscht and the Empress of Borscht and some ingenuity of her own), a soul-reviving brew is concocted…

Review:

"Ruthie's beloved Grandma may be hospitalized with pneumonia, but she's still a firecracker: ' person could starve to death here,' she tells Ruthie. What Grandma wants — and by 5 p.m., no less — is homemade borscht, preferably from her own secret recipe. Ruthie's attempt to recreate the borscht with the help of the highly opinionated women who live in Grandma's building is really several stories at once: Ruthie's discovery of her inner chef (she becomes the borscht 'Princess' to Grandma's 'Queen'); her initiation into the guild of elite home cooks; and an affirmation of membership in a loving — if also interfering and contentious — community. Christensen's (Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol) exuberant, sketch-style drawings have a knowing humor and immediacy that pull readers into the story; her Rosie is by turns bemused and befuddled, but her gentle determination shines through. Likewise, Schubert (Feeding the Sheep) hits just the right notes of sweet, sour, and salty in portraying a milieu in which operatic emotions, bickering, and sharp remarks ('Pooh. What do they know?' says Grandma of her peers) are really a form of unconditional affection. Ages 4 — 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Leda Schubert lives in Plainfield, Vermont, and is a faculty member at Vermont College. She has served on many ALA committees, including the Caldecott and Arbuthnot.
 
Bonnie Christensen is the author-illustrator of WOODIE GUTHRIE: POET OF THE PEOPLE, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a New York Times Notable Book. Her illustrations also appear in the London Folio Society's edition of THE GRAPES OF WRATH and over ten children's books, including POMPEII, LOST AND FOUND by Mary Pope Osborne. Most recently, she illustrated IDA B. WELLS: LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD, with text by Walter Dean Myers (Oct. 2008). Bonnie's fine art prints have been exhibited internationally. She lives in Wilson, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596435155
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Author:
Schubert, Leda
Author:
Christensen, Bonnie
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Cooking/Food
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Cooking and Food Fiction
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11 x 9 x 0.313 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 7

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Product details 32 pages Roaring Brook Press - English 9781596435155 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ruthie's beloved Grandma may be hospitalized with pneumonia, but she's still a firecracker: ' person could starve to death here,' she tells Ruthie. What Grandma wants — and by 5 p.m., no less — is homemade borscht, preferably from her own secret recipe. Ruthie's attempt to recreate the borscht with the help of the highly opinionated women who live in Grandma's building is really several stories at once: Ruthie's discovery of her inner chef (she becomes the borscht 'Princess' to Grandma's 'Queen'); her initiation into the guild of elite home cooks; and an affirmation of membership in a loving — if also interfering and contentious — community. Christensen's (Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol) exuberant, sketch-style drawings have a knowing humor and immediacy that pull readers into the story; her Rosie is by turns bemused and befuddled, but her gentle determination shines through. Likewise, Schubert (Feeding the Sheep) hits just the right notes of sweet, sour, and salty in portraying a milieu in which operatic emotions, bickering, and sharp remarks ('Pooh. What do they know?' says Grandma of her peers) are really a form of unconditional affection. Ages 4 — 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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