The Bagel King by Andrew LarsenThe Bagel King by Andrew Larsen

The Bagel King

byAndrew LarsenIllustratorSandy Nichols

Picture Books | May 1, 2018

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Every Sunday morning, no matter the weather, Eli could count on Zaida to bring bagels from Merv's Bakery. Eli loved the time they spent together enjoying their favorite treats. ?Warm. Chewy. Salty,? Eli thought. ?Bagels were the best thing about Sunday.? But one Sunday, Zaida didn't come. He had fallen at Merv's and ?hurt his tuches,? and the doctor said Zaida had to rest at home for two whole weeks. This meant Eli had no Sunday morning bagels. And neither did Zaida's friends, who had been receiving their own weekly deliveries from Zaida. Will they all go hungry for bagels on Sunday? Or is there something Eli can do? Award-winning author Andrew Larsen's picture book story offers a gently humorous take on the special bond between a boy and his grandfather and the simple ritual that looms so large in their lives. It also highlights a terrific character education lesson about how a young child can take responsibility and, with a little initiative, help a family member in need. With a blend of retro and contemporary styles, Sandy Nichols's softly colored illustrations cleverly convey the story's timelessness and capture Eli's diverse neighborhood. This book will spark wonderful discussions about family traditions and community. A mini glossary and pronunciation guide for the Yiddish words that are sprinkled throughout the story (like mensch and oy) provides an opportunity to learn about the many words we use in English that come from other languages, and to explore the connections between culture and language.
Andrew Larsen is the acclaimed author of such books asGoodnight, Hockey Fans,A Squiggly Story,The Not-So-Faraway Adventure,In the Tree HouseandThe Imaginary Garden. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.Sandy Nichols is the illustrator ofStarring Lorenzo, andEinstein Too, and the 40th anniversary board book editions ofAlligator PieandGarbage De...
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Title:The Bagel KingFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.5 × 9.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:177138574X

ISBN - 13:9781771385749

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intergenerational Delights I love a good bagel story! Some of the most beautiful books I have read and shared are about bagels so when I saw that Andrew Larsen had written a book about bagels, naturally I had to have a look. Every Sunday, Zaida delivered bagels to Eli, occasionally Eli tagged along but no matter what the weather, Zaida would faithfully deliver bagels right to the front door. One Sunday, however, Zaida slips and falls on some “schmutz” at the bakery and hurts his “tuches” so he won’t be able to do the bagel delivery. How will Eli get his bagels? Andrew Larsen has created a wonderful story, which I imagine has some basis in actual events as most of his stories do, about kindness, tradition, and community. Larsen includes some wonderful, familiar Yiddish terms to pepper his story with authenticity and feeling, providing translations at the front to help you read out loud. What a lovely story for our kids to remind them of that special grandparent/grandchild relationship and remind them that can be the helpers to their grandparents. I’m a sucker for a good intergenerational story, having such fond memories of my grandparents and the time we spent together when I was a child. The illustrations by Sandy Nichols move the story along and are full of vibrancy and eye catching colour. Rendered in acrylic paint with bold outlines, they have a watery feel that jump straight out of the page.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Family Food and Tradition Yiddish words and phrases follow Eli and his Grandpa as they enjoy the best thing about Sundays, the warm chewy bagels. When Grandpa falls and can no longer make a delivery Eli plays nurse.First he brings chicken soup, but a Sunday without bagels is just another day. By the next Sunday he realizes the only thing he can do to make everyone feel better is to deliver some bagels himself.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book... This delightful book focuses on a lovely relationship between a grandfather and his beloved grandson. The bonding glue between the two? Bagels. Every Sunday Zaida goes to Merv's Bakery to buy bagels. Sometimes his grandson Eli goes with him. Mrs. Rose always treats Eli to one of her scrumptious pickles right out of the jar that she keeps on the shelf behind the counter. Zaida and Eli think they are the best pickles in the whole wide world. Usually, though, Eli stays home and his wonderful Zaida hand - delivers those yummy bagels right to his door. "Eli would hear a familiar Knock! Knock! "Who's there?" "It's me!" Zaida would say. "I've got bagels!" All year long Zaida, though rain and heat, snow and gloom faithfully brings not only Eli his bagels, but bagels to his friends too. It truly is an labour of love resulting in a bagel feast fit for a king. "Warm. Chewy. Salty. Bagels were the best thing about Sunday." Then one Sunday the unspeakable happens. Zaida does not arrive bearing his tasty gifts. What possibly could have happened to him? Zaida is always punctual just like clockwork .... Sunday, bagels, his delivery and the fellowship that ensues. Something must be terribly wrong. Wherever could he be? Eli rushes over to Zaida's to find out what has happened. He discovers that Zaida has accidentally fallen on his tuches and injured himself. The doctor orders him housebound until he totally recovers. Eli realizes his grandfather's acts of kindness affect not only himself but the others around him too. Eli brings Zaida soup, sees that he gets his rest and even reads to him. He turns into a nurse extraordinaire. Then he gets a brilliant idea... could he possibly replace his Zaida and become the-bearer- of-the-bagels for everyone to enjoy this Sunday? What do you think? I bet he can for sure. This will make everyone, including his wonderful Zaida, very very happy indeed. I like how the Yiddish words are sprinkled throughout the story for everyone to enjoy and gives you a taste into their culture. The book will spark conversations on family dynamics and the importance of being kind to one another. The illustrations are full of expression and detail and are a huge asset to the narrative. I am sure this is a book that when shared will be well received by both the young and the old.
Date published: 2017-11-17