Dimensions: 32 pages, 4.39 × 3.62 × 0.15 in
Published: August 24, 2010
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1582463158
ISBN - 13: 9781582463155
About the Book
While waiting for the bus, a man tells Baxter the pig about the joys of Shabbat dinner. But before Baxter can find out how he, too, can join in the fun, the man has boarded the bus. Soon after, Baxter learns that he certainly cannot be a part of Shabbat dinner because he's not Kosher. So begins one pig's misguided quest to become Kosher. Will Baxter succeed or will his dreams of taking part in Shabbat dinner remain unfulfilled? Readers will cheer as a series of misunderstandings leads to a warm message of welcome and community.
Read from the Book
One fine day, when Baxter was waiting for his bus, an old man sat
down beside him and said, "Oh, I wish it were sundown right
"Why''s that?" asked Baxter. He was a curious sort of pig.
"Because at sundown," said the old man, "the candles gleam and glow
and dance while our sweetest voices lift in song!"
"They do?" asked Baxter. He had never seen a candle dance.
"Certainly," said the old man. Tonight is the beginning of Shabbat,
the day of rest, and so we make a special dinner. We light the
candles, sing our thanks, and raise a glass, surrounded by those we
"Wow!" said Baxter. "That does sound like fun. That sounds
"It is terrific," said the old man, as his bus pulled up.
Then he was gone.
All week long Baxter thought about the old man''s words.
"The candles gleam and glow and dance while our sweetest voices
lift in song!"
So the following Friday, Baxter hurried back to the bus stop. But
the old man was nowhere to be seen. Instead, Baxter found a younger
man wearing a long white apron.
After a while, Baxter cleared his throat. "Ahem! I wonder, sir, do
you know anything about Shabbat dinner?"
"I should hope so," replied the man in the apron.
"Oh, good," said Baxter. "Will you tell me how I can be a part of
The man in the apron stared. "YOU? A pig? Part of Shabbat dinner?
"Why?" asked Baxter.
"You''re not kosher!" said the man in the apron.
"Kosher?" asked Baxter. "What''s kosher?" But just then the bus
From the Publisher
While waiting for the bus, a man tells Baxter the pig about the joys of Shabbat dinner. But before Baxter can find out how he, too, can join in the fun, the man has boarded the bus. Soon after, Baxter learns that he certainly cannot be a part of Shabbat dinner because he''s not Kosher. So begins one pig''s misguided quest to become Kosher. Will Baxter succeed or will his dreams of taking part in Shabbat dinner remain unfulfilled? Readers will cheer as a series of misunderstandings leads to a warm message of welcome and community.
About the Author
LAUREL SNYDER is the author of Any Which Wall, Up and
Down the Scratchy Mountains, and Inside the Slidy
Diner. In addition to her books for children, Laurel has
written two books of poems and edited an anthology of nonfiction
called Half/Life: Jew-ish tales from Interfaith Homes. She
is a graduate of the Iowa Writers'' Workshop and an occasional
commentator for NPR''s All Things Considered. Laurel lives in
DAVID GOLDIN has written and/or illustrated a number of picture
books including Go-Go-Go!, Twisted Crosswords,
Lost Cat, and Science Fair Winners: Bug Science.
David lives in Willow, New York.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 28,
"Snyder and Goldin go together like matzo balls and
chicken soup: the bright, daffy prose and ebulliently goofy cartoon
and photo collages will persuade readers that they don''t have to
be Jewish to enjoy Baxter''s spiritual journey-which ends, happily
enough, at the Shabbat table of a kindly rabbi. Yes, of course
he''s a guest. What did you think?"
Review, School Library Journal, August 1,
"Delightfully expressive and comical..."
Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September &
"In-the-know readers will be tickled pink by
mensch Baxter...while the uninitiated will quickly catch
Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15,
"This will...find plenty of use in Jewish homes,
particularly among families in which one parent is not
Review, Curled Up With A Good Kid''s Book (site),
"The smart dialogue ... effortlessly educates readers about
the Jewish holiday called Shabbat right alongside an adorable pig
who shares the same goal ... charming story with equally charming