Penina Levine Is a Potato Pancake

By Rebecca O'Connell; Majella Lue Sue (Illustrator)
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596432130, 144pp.)

Publication Date: September 30, 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In this Hanukkah story, Penina fi nds that a glass of cold milk and a hot potato pancake go a long way. Penina Levine is the only member of her family who isn’t looking forward to Hanukkah. Not only is it another chance for her annoying sister to steal the spotlight, but her favorite teacher is taking a mysterious leave of absence, and her best friend is deserting her to go on a dream vacation to Aruba. Then Penina discovers why Mrs. Brown must go away and hears that a snowstorm may ruin Zozo’s trip, and Penina knows she’s the one who must bring some holiday spirit to her friends. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to Penina as she turns a pile of problems into a Hanukkah to remember.

Penina Levine Is a Potato Pancake is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


About the Author

REBECCA O’CONNELL is the author of last year’s PENINA LEVINE IS A HARD-BOILED EGG. which was selected as a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


MAJELLA LUE SUE illustrated the previous book about Penina Levine. She lives in Pasadena, California.


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