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A young African American boy befriends his elderly Jewish neighbor, who has just lost her husband. Together, they begin caring for a cat, and that helps them to foster a strong bond. This is a great book for teaching diversity and Jewish traditions.
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A Jewish widow becomes friends with a black boy as they raise a cat together and she introduces him to Jewish traditions. She makes a delicious kugel and prepares a seder for him. She also says Kaddish by herself at her husband's grave. And she keeps saying "such a person", where I assume "person" means mensch---so why not say mensch and let the context define it?
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Larnel and Mrs. Katz have a great relationship that starts off with a kitten. They take care of the kitten together and learn so much about one another while doing so. They realize they have things in common with one another and become best friends. This is a great book to read when teaching that no matter what age, culture, or sex someone may be they can still be your friend. It is also good to read as a lesson on respecting your elders.
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Mrs. Katz is a lonely, Polish widow. Larnel is the black kid who lives next door. Tush is the runt kitten with no tail who is adopted and connects the two. Larnel helps Mrs. Katz take care of Tush but he realizes he likes spending time with her. They both come from rejected groups: Germans and blacks. Their friendship continues for many years. She even meets Larnel's daughter. She dies but is still remembered.
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Such a good story to teach children about friendships and acceptance. Mrs. Katz and a little boy named Lance develope a friendship over an abandoned cat. While the two seem very different they turn out having more in common than you think.
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This book is very sweet—it is about a little boy who asks his new neighbor, Mrs. Tush, to adopt an abandoned kitten. She says she will under one condition: he has to help her take care of it. He agrees, so they meet every day. While they are playing with and taking care of the kitten, Mrs. Tush tells the little boy all about her Portand heritage and all about Jewish heritage and its strong relationship to Black History. They form a very close bond. This book promotes a wonderful understanding of Jewish and Black history, their differences and similarities. It shows that everyone can get along—old, young, Black, White, Jewish, Christian. It is a beautiful book.
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This is another wonderful book by Patricia Polacco. I love the moral lessons and the family essence that comes from this book. There are so many messages that readers can get out of reading this book. One in particular that I found interesting was the teaching of the Jewish culture. The book informs its readers that Jew were also slaves not just African Americans. I also like the fact that the main character, Mrs. Katz, befriends a boy that is African American, and is teaching him about her past (and her family's past) life. The readers also become aware of the Jewish traditions like passover, what food they eat, and tome stone rituals. Religion and Geography are also touch upon in this text as well. I really appreciate the fact that multiple lessons are taught from just one story. This story not only helps children understand how diverse other people are, but it also helps them connect and understand that many lesson can come from just one single lesson. This story has an emotional feel to it for the readers as well. It is sweet because the readers also become familiar with and recognize the bond between Mrs. Katz and Larnel. Traditions are one of the major concepts touched upon on this, but another major concept is friendship. Friendship is essential because sometimes all a person needs is someone to talk to. This text also helps children see the importance of accepting everyone no matter how different they are because nine times out of ten, you can learn something from them, and they can learn something from you.
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I want to like this one. It has all the things in it I usually like - unforced diversity, holidays, cats, intergenerational relationships, sweetness... but for some reason I just can never get into it. I don't understand why.
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I like the cultural aspect that is wrapped around a wonderful story line featuring a touching friendship between an old woman and a little boy.
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Dragged along on a condolence call to his widowed upstairs neighbor, Mrs. Katz, young Larnel is struck by the older woman's loneliness, and offers her the runt of a litter of kittens. Mrs. Katz accepts, on the condition that he help with the care of little Tush. And so begins a long-lasting friendship between the young African-American boy and the Jewish widow - a friendship that will effect the course of both of their lives...A tale of friendship across religious, racial, cultural, and age lines, Mrs. Katz and Tush is Patricia Polacco at her best! Every character is well drawn - in both prose and picture - feeling natural and true to life. Tush herself is as adorable a literary cat as any I've met. The reality of difference, and our ability to transcend it through love, is explored in an immensely moving way, as are the similarities between the Jewish and African-American experience. I confess that I have to blink away tears, every time I read the conclusion. Highly, highly recommended!
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