The Resource Bitter and sweet, Sandra V. Feder ; pictures by Kyrsten Brooker

Bitter and sweet, Sandra V. Feder ; pictures by Kyrsten Brooker

Label
Bitter and sweet
Title
Bitter and sweet
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Sandra V. Feder ; pictures by Kyrsten Brooker
Title variation
Bitter & sweet
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Author
Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When Hannah's family has to move, her grandmother tells her how she felt leaving the old country--it was both bitter and sweet. As Hannah leaves her friends behind and tries to get used to a new house, she only feels bitterness. Was her grandmother wrong about the sweetness? Hannah starts to feel better about the move when she sees her new house in the soft light of the Shabbat candles. When a new friend reaches out with a special gift, Hannah realizes that sweetness can come from unexpected places and that she can even create some herself."--
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 /* Starred Review */ Hannah’s family is moving to a new town. Though she’s sad to leave her house and friends, her grandmother tells her that every change has nice parts and hard parts. Recalling her childhood journey from the old country, Grandma says, “Definitely some bitter but even more sweet.” When Maya, a girl on her new block, gives Hannah a bag of cocoa powder, it cheers her up. But mixed with hot milk, it tastes bitter! The next day, Maya tells her to add sugar, and soon they’re drinking hot chocolate together. Calling Grandma that night, Hannah explains that when you find only the bitter, you must add the sweet yourself. The bitter-sweet dichotomy runs throughout the story, tying the ups and downs of Hannah’s emotions to her grandmother’s experiences and advice. An appended note connects it with Jewish traditional practices and wisdom as well. While telling a familiar story about the difficulties of moving, the quietly expressive text offers a clear view of Hannah’s emotions and a hopeful, yet practical perspective on making things better. Brooker contributes a series of richly detailed collages incorporating oil-painted, printed, and photographed elements into complex, dynamic illustrations. This insightful picture book sensitively portrays Hannah’s sadness and her return to equilibrium. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 9/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 2, p62)
  • Little things matter. Many classic children's books are shaped around very small, very important moments, and at first Feder's story might not seem to fit that pattern. This picture book is about a big life change: Hannah is leaving all her friends to move to a new neighborhood. Her grandmother promises her it will be "definitely some bitter but even more sweet." The story is told through tiny, poignant details. Hannah sees everything she owns packed onto a big truck; she watches her home "disappear from sight" through the window of a car. These moments don't always have the impact they should, and the final pages of the book feel almost anticlimactic: Hannah's new neighbor Maya offers her some hot chocolate. And, in fact, the chocolate turns out to be bitter. But Hannah discovers that, when she adds sugar to the powder, it's delicious. The last few lines of the book are poetic. Hannah tells her grandmother, "I thought it was only bitter here," and when her grandmother asks if she's found "the sweet," Hannah says, "You can't just find it. You have to add it yourself." Nothing else in the book quite reaches that level of beauty, though Brooker's illustrations are a marvel. Her collages seamlessly blend the most basic geometric shapes—circles for heads—with ultra-detailed photographs and are populated with mostly light-skinned characters. Hannah's family is Jewish. Some of the small, important moments feel smaller than necessary, but the last scene is a tiny, perfect gem. (Picture book. 3-8) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2018)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10734019
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Feder, Sandra V.
Dewey number
j813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 0
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Brooker, Kyrsten
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Moving, Household
  • Jewish children
  • Jewish families
  • Jewish way of life
  • Friendship
  • Moving, Household
  • Jews
  • Family life
  • Jewish way of life
  • Friendship
  • JUVENILE FICTION / General
  • Friendship
  • Jewish children
  • Jewish families
  • Jewish way of life
  • Moving, Household
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Bitter and sweet, Sandra V. Feder ; pictures by Kyrsten Brooker
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1021809001
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781554989959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1021809001
Label
Bitter and sweet, Sandra V. Feder ; pictures by Kyrsten Brooker
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1021809001
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781554989959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1021809001

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