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Bubbe gets back—in cool polka-dot tights and nifty faux-fur-topped boots—and sends the wolf on his way with a jelly doughnut.

In this poetic retelling, Rachel encourages Akiva to learn to read and to study Torah.

Despite her love and support, he doesn’t believe he’s capable until one day he looks into a brook and sees a rock that has been worn away by steadily dripping water. “And yet, drop by drop, it has managed to cut through this hard stone. ” Eventually, Akiva is hailed by the entire town, but he makes sure everyone knows that Rachel is a hero, too.

Grandma J calls her “my little Chagall,” “my little Modigliani,” and “my little Pissarro”; Wilkinson’s simple, sweet illustrations contain nods to each of the artists mentioned.

For Shavuot, Grandma J and Shoshana make papercuts.

When Ruthie gets there, she stalls by relating the tale of the Maccabees (“nobody had ever shared a story with the wolf”) and offers him a latke aperitif before he eats her.

Ruthie succeeds in making latkes without Bubbe’s help, and the wolf eats so much he’s too full for the main course.

Grandma J creates beautiful roses and Torahs, but all Shoshana sees when she unfolds her paper are ugly holes.

Grandma J teaches her to see visions in her abstractions: fields of flowers, schools of fish, honeycombs of bees.

I look forward to someone boycotting this book because Ruthie’s mother sends her into the woods alone and Ruthie uses a stove without supervision.

(Ages 3-6) by Allison and Wayne Marks, illustrated by Annie Wilkinson.

Ruthie, in her bright red puffer, sets off for Bubbe’s to make latkes.