Big Dreams, Small Fish
Paula Cohen (Author)
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DescriptionSydney Taylor Honor Book In the new country, Shirley and her family all have big dreams. Take the family store: Shirley has great ideas about how to make it more modern! Prettier! More profitable! She even thinks she can sell the one specialty no one seems to want to try: Mama's homemade gefilte fish. But her parents think she's too young to help. And anyway they didn't come to America for their little girl to work. "Go play with the cat!" they urge. This doesn't stop Shirley's ideas, of course. And one day, when the rest of the family has to rush out leaving her in the store with sleepy Mrs. Gottlieb...Shirley seizes her chance!
P R A I S E "Charming. Paula Cohen tells an all-American tale of the Yiddish diaspora."
--Wall Street Journal "Timeless: an indomitable protagonist and the loving family who dotes on her."
--Publishers Weekly "Beautifully illustrated....Shirley is one smart child, a real asset to her striving family. She is full of innovative ideas, which are depicted by Cohen with both humor and respect"
--Jewish Book Network" "An affectionate ode to family, fish, and creative problem solving."
March 01, 2022
9.3 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author
Paula Cohen (1964-2022) grew up in Albany, NY where her grandparents owned a small family grocery store in an immigrant neighborhood. Her family treasured books, music, and the Yiddish language (which sadly she never learned). Her grandmother made amazing kugels and gefilte fish and luckily Paula learned to make both. Paula lived in a ramshackle 1920's home in NJ with her family and mini schnauzer. Big Dreams, Small Fish was her debut picture book.