The Boston Chocolate Party

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$17.95  $16.69
Apples & Honey Press
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8.6 X 11.0 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Tami Lehman-Wilzig is an award-winning author of 14 picture books, including Keeping The Promise and Soosie, The Horse That Saved Shabbat. Born in America, she lives in Kfar Saba, Israel, with her husband, where she shares her love of stories with her grandchildren.
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz authored the pioneering bestseller On the Chocolate Trail. That book provided the foundation for the museum exhibit, "Semite Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate" at the Bernard Museum, NYC. Her forthcoming book about Jewish celebratory breads will be released in 2023 (Behrman House). Rabbi Prinz has held leadership positions in the national Jewish community and was a congregational rabbi for three decades. She lives in New York City.

"A fast-paced picture book that combines the drama foreshadowing the American Revolution, the heroic Maccabee fight for freedom, and Sephardic Hanukkah customs . . . Readers can enjoy this lively historical vignette while feeling proud to see Jews at the founding of our nation." --Ellen G. Cole for the Association of Jewish Libraries

" . . . Combines years of research with the kind of imagination that will have children reading this book over and over. . . .There's even a surprise piece of trivia, showing the kind of cups President George and Martha Washington used for drinking chocolate." --Donald H. Harrison, San Diego Jewish World

"Lehman-Wilzig and Prinz set their story during Hanukkah 1773 in the American colonies, centering Sephardic New England Jews. Protagonist Joshua's friend Isaac and his family have meager resources to celebrate Januca (the Spanish name for Hanukkah), but innovation from Joshua, and chocolate (an alternative to tea!) imported by Joshua's father and his crew, provide help. The Boston Tea Party actually took place on the last night of Hanukah; the (somewhat lengthy) text draws connections between the colonists' "fight for freedom" and the Maccabees'. The muted palette of Combi's digital-looking illustrations lends a historic feel. Back matter provides more information about Hanukkah, the Boston Tea Party, and early American Sephardic Jews--and, of course, recipes. --Shoshana Flax, Horn Book

"Brings history to life and illuminates Jewish culture in colonial times. It's wonderful to read how Hanukkah was celebrated in Newport during the 1700's. It made me feel right at home!" --Rabbi Marc Mandel, historic Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island

"The Boston Chocolate Party is a child's tale of ingenuity, resilience, and friendship, and embeds these values in an early American history too little known by our children. This book combines whimsy with history in a delicious mix that goes perfectly with a cup of hot chocolate, and a young person's capacity to imagine the past." --William Cutter, Prof. emeritus of Literature, Education, and Human Relations, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Any-one look-ing for a new Hanukkah-themed children's
book might take inter-est in a lit-tle-known fact in Amer-i-can his-to-ry:
the famous Boston Tea Par-ty of 1773 took place on the last night of
the Jew-ish free-dom fes-ti-val.
Fic-tion-al-iz-ing the coin-ci-dence, Tami
Lehman-Wilzig, Rab-bi Deb-o-rah R. Prinz, and Fede Com-bi invite read-ers to
imag-ine a con-nec-tion between the Mac-cabees' rebel-lion and the hero-ic
upris-ing of Amer-i-can colonists against Great Britain. Indeed, The
Boston Choco-late Par-ty fol-lows Sephardic Jews as they seek free-dom and
pros-per-i-ty in their new home. When unfair British tax-a-tion poli-cies gal-va-nize
patri-ots to protest, the lives of Jews and their neigh-bors inter-sect in
a sur-pris-ing way.At the begin-ning of the book, Joshua Mendes and his father
are wait-ing for a ship to dock in New-port har-bor. This impres-sive ves-sel
is bring-ing a car-go of choco-late beans for ship-ment to Boston, where
res-i-dents will use them to make a sub-sti-tute bev-er-age for polit#1;...