Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin, ill. Robin Spowart
Happy Hanukkah! Having read the recent PW Children’s Bookshelf announcement that a new edition of Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin is due to be republished in 2022, I thought this might be the perfect time to revisit the old book. The announcement said it was a classic, so we figured we’d check and see how well it had stood up so far. Along the way we also cover how “Big Latke” got to Kate, TBD dogs and cats, what Daveed Diggs has to do with Hanukkah, and why I probably shouldn’t confuse “Maccabee” with “Mennonite”.
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Font specialists, lend me your talents. What font creates question marks that look like this? It is new to us.
Oh yeah. We had to include “Puppy for Hanukkah” with Daveed Diggs song in here. I think we just found something to oust “8 Crazy Nights” from its throne.
Curious about PJ Library and the free books they provide? Check out my interview with Meredith Lewis about them in the piece 21st Century Oral Storytelling: How PJ Library Connects Kids to Their Heritage via Podcasting.
Feel free to listen to our previous Hanukkah episodes about Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming.
Are you as horrified by my family’s new tradition of test tasting different gross pops on Christmas Day? Then perhaps this next image is not for you. This is what Kate found for us.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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