A Donut in Time: A Hanukkah Story
Saralee is stunned to learn that she's not the only one in the family with a superpower. Her great-grandmother Gigi also had a magical sense of smell. And when Saralee makes Gigi's Hanukkah donut recipe, the scent creates a portal in time.
Soon Saralee finds herself face-to-face with a young Gigi--and she's not the fierce, unstoppable person Saralee imagined. Gigi's ready to give up on her dreams. Saralee needs to help her find courage, or the future will be changed forever!
In this third book in the “Saralee Siegel” series, Saralee discovers a new facet to her superpowered nose. It is Hanukkah at the Siegel House Restaurant, and Saralee is stunned to learn that she is not the only one in her family with a super-nose. Her great-grandmother Gigi, the fierce and independent woman who started the family restaurant, also had a super-nose. When Saralee recreates Gigi’s donut recipe, the smells lead her through a portal and face-to-face with a young Gigi. To Saralee’s surprise, Gigi is embarrassed by her super-nose and isn’t the confident and strong woman Saralee was expecting. She tries to help Gigi become the successful restaurant owner she was meant to be before Saralee’s whole world is changed. The pacing and the text of the story are perfect for readers who are new to chapter books. Jewish culture and the celebration of Hanukkah are woven seamlessly into the story. The black-and-white illustrations that are peppered throughout enhance the story. The text does not define many of the physical characteristics of the characters; within the illustrations all but one minor character are depicted as white. VERDICT A sweet story celebrating Jewish culture and sprinkled with a little bit of magic. –V. Lynn Christiansen, School Library Journal
In the third book of this amusing series, protagonist Saralee Siegel uses the magical power of her super nose to travel back in time. There, she meets her great-grandmother, Gigi, and encourages her to follow her dream of founding a restaurant. Saralee uses the scent of Gigi’s aromatic Hanukkah donuts as the portal for her trip to the past. When Gigi’s courage begins to wane, and her resolve to start a restaurant buckles under a lack of support, Saralee reminds her great-grandmother that her choices will affect the future of her family. A fun, delicious romp through the past and the present, A Donut in Time is a charming read, instilling in a sweet holiday tale the message that some challenges are worth pursuing. --Michal Malen, Jewish Book Council