Sadie and her four mischievous younger brothers live in a small drafty cottage on the outskirts of tiny Russian village. They are very poor and always hungry. But on the first wintry night of Chanukah, Sadie is given a frying pan that cooks up sizzling-hot, delicious potato pancakes on command. When Sadie goes out on the last day of Chanukah, she warns her brothers not to touch the magic pan. But the minute she sets foot outside the door…>>> Sadie’s Latkes (recipe) and a Note about Chanukah are found on the last page.
By Pirkko Vainio, English Translated by J. Alison James (North-South Books – 1997)
Lucas and his cat finally left their apartment to build themselves a home. Lucas had been saving his money to build his dream house. He got a small island, but it allowed him to build up one room on top of another. One night a storm came, and his high tower house bent like a reed. Next morning, Lucas found his house was changed to a wonderful bridge which were welcoming children to make him and his cat more happy.>>> The original book was published in Switzerland.
By Dianne Hofmeyr, Illustrated by Jane Ray (Quanrt Knows – 2017)
In sixteenth-century Venice, Daniela is so gloomy and glum that her father, a glassmaker, offers a glass palace to the person whoever can make his daughter smile. Everyone from a mask maker to a lion tamer tries their luck, to no avail…..but then Angelo, a young apprentice, presents Daniela with a mysterious gift. It’s a glass mirror which Angelo created.
By Shlomo Abas, Illustrated by Omer Hoffmann, Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann （Green Bean Books – 2019 for English Edition, the original in 2016)
Once upon a time in Eastern Europe, there was a small city called Chelm. The people there were known as ”The sages of Chelm” because they were supposedly very wise and intelligent. One night when the moon disappeared, they had many troubles in the darkness, and they decided to buy a new moon.
Maria loves tea parties and dancing and wearing hair in pigtails, but more than anything in the world….Maria loves Churros. She’ll do anything to get her hands on more of them-even enter a bullfight. To win, she must outsmart the other matadors, who don’t think she’s big enough, fast enough, or strong enough. With determination and creativity, Maria discovers that you don’t have to fight to win and you might even end up with more than you were hoping for.
It has been a log time since Strega Nona had a vacation. Then one night Strega Nona dreams she’s at her Grandma Concetta’s little house by the seashore. And all the next day she hears Grandma Concetta’s voice saying, “Vieni, Nonalima, come.” Nona decides that she will take a vacation there. While she is away, her big daughter and son can be left alone for just one week….what could possibly go wrong?
>>>Other books of Tomie dePaola: Angeles, Angels Everywhere, Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
By Tomie dePaola (G.P.Putnam’s Sons – 1973, 1998) Every Sunday, Tommy runs into the house, say hello to his grandmother, Nana Downstaire, in the Kitchen, then runs up the back stairs to his great-grandmother, Nana Upstairs, in her bedroom. But one day Tommy’s mother tells him Nana Upstairs won’t be there anymore, and Tommy must struggle with saying good-buy to his beloved one.
>>>Tis is the first book of many picture books in which artist/author Tomie dePaola draw on his own childhood experiences. He was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background, and this story is about his Irish side of the family. Other books of Tomie dePaola : Angeles, Angels Everywhere, Strega Nona takes vacation, The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
By Ana Zamorano, Illustrated by Julie Vivas (Scholastic Press – 1996)
Every day, Antonio’s Mama cooks a marvelous meal for the entire family. As the days of the week go by, though, someone or another can’t make it to the table. But one the seventh day, it is Mama who can’t make it, for she is about to bring home the newest family member of them all. >>> From best-selling picture book artist Julie Vivas and her daughter, Ana Zamorano, comes a warm family story celebrating family, food, and love. The glossary of Spanish words is at the last page.
By Nancy Willard, Illustrated by John Thompson (The Blue Sky Press – 2007)
A poor baker in Florence, Italy, is looking for a bed for his wife, and he finds a beautiful bed for free in a strange new shop. The bed has magical powers, and in that night the couple flies across the heaven to meet a master baker. Vivid illustrations and fantastic story tell about the true riches of love and loyalty.
By Amy Littlesugar, Illustrated by William Low (Philomel Books – 2006)
In Antwerp, Belgium, Willy’s papa put a painting in his shop window. A man came with a young boy and he bought the painting named The Lady. The young boy named Max met Willy, and they were happy to have found each other. But Max lived in the Jewish quarter-in a very dangerous time for the Jews. Willy and Max promised friends forever even through the Nazis came to the town. The two boys separated by circumstance, but held together through generations by one simple painting-and unbreakable spirit of their extraordinary friendship.