"This heartfelt story is a stirring celebration of life, friendship, and--mostof all--hope!"

"The author uses words andpictures to convey the strength of the relationships among people

experiencing the ruinous effects of a natural disaster". -Horn

"Polacco has provided Sukkoth with its own miracle".

-Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City -School Library Journal

"Her drawings skillfully and emotionally convey

the anguish of the suffering community, as well as its resilience and

hopefulness".

-Publisher's Weekly

The Story
From Publishers Weekly

Polacco's (Chicken Sunday) characteristically rich pencil and gouache artwork depict a neighborhood in her Oakland, Calif., hometown, showing how it weathered the devastating firestorms of 1992. Mr. Roth and his young neighbors Duane and Justine have built a Sukkah to celebrate Sukkoth, the Jewish festival of thanksgiving. But when the holiday begins, a hot wind breathes spreading brush fires into the Oakland hills. As flames engulf whole neighborhoods, hundreds of people must evacuate to nearby shelters. The Roths' pain is heightened when they cannot bring ther cat, Tikvah, to safety. When the families finally return home, they find only rubble. But the Sukkah, miraculously, stands unscathed. And, in another bit of good fortune, Tikvah also turns up. Polacco's ambitious story tries hard to accomplish many objectives. The combination of varied elements results in a rushed tone and uneven pacing, so that the religious or spiritual aspect seems particularly forced. Her drawings skillfully and emotionally convey the anguish of the suffering community, as well as its resilience and hopefulness. An author's note provides more factual information about the disaster. Ages 4-8

The Artwork

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Tikvah Means Hope