Written by Lauren Muskovitz Ranalli (2018)
Illustrated by Emily Sivek
The Great Latke Cookoff is a fun story of an extended family competing at making latke. Narrated by the grandson, he tells the story of the cookoff between his family members, how they decided the rules, prepared the latkes, and chose the winner. While reading the story, children will learn about Jewish traditions such as the menorah and Chanukah, about various cooking terms such as gourmet, recipe, cookware, and more importantly what latkes are made of. It is a great story with a message of “Do not fix what’s not broken!” and nice illustrations. Overall, well written, clever, entertaining family story.
Growing up we probably were read a nursery rhyme or two. And as we morphed into adults, we were told that poetry was romantic and we learned:
This is probably the most familiar poem known to every person. But being from Jamaica, we learned poetry filled with humor, grit and culture by the one and only, the great, honorable Louise Bennet.