Lotty's Lace Tablecloth Jewish Heirloom Stories by Tami Lehman-Wilzig


Lotty's Lace Tablecloth Jewish Heirloom Stories by Tami Lehman-Wilzig

Lotty Gross dreams of becoming a famous lace maker. While learning the trade she begins work on a lace tablecloth for her wedding chest. She decides that she will use the cloth every Friday night to welcome the Sabbath Queen. Her plans are spoiled when the Empress Elizabeth sees the cloth and insists on buying it for her Sunday palace receptions. When the empress hears about the Sabbath Queen she wants to know who her rival is.


A modern child introduces a story about her great-great-great grandmother, thus linking past and present generations. Lotty is a young lace maker in early 19th-century Vienna. The tablecloth that she designs, makes, and displays in her store window is intended to welcome the Sabbath Queen and is placed on Lotty's Sabbath table every week. But another queen, the Empress Elizabeth, sees it in the shop window and wants it. To allay Lotty's distress over the loss of her beloved lace tablecloth, her husband devises an arrangement with the empress s maid: the empress will use it at her palace receptions on Sundays, and on Fridays she will have it delivered to Lotty to use for the Sabbath. After the empress dies, her daughter returns the cloth to Lotty and it has been handed down in her family ever since. The pleasant, if somewhat far fetched, story is told smoothly, with enough suspense to engage readers and a satisfying ending. Attractive colour illustrations appear on every page, capturing the period atmosphere. The historical setting is developed primarily through the illustrations and no information about the Empress Elizabeth presumably the famous Empress Sisi, wife of Franz Josef, ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is given. Several lined pages follow the story, inviting children to find a Shabbat heirloom in their house, talk about it with their parents and grandparents, and write about how it came into the family. This is the theme of the series: to engage families in enjoyable conversations and activities related to their Jewish heritage. Recommended for grades 2 4, with the caveat that the activity involves writing in the book. -- Inda R Silver, Jewish Valuesfinder, Cleveland, OH, Sept/Oct 2007 issue of the AJL (Association of Jewish Libraries) Newsletter

About the Author

Tami Lehman-Wilzig is an award-winning children s book author, a cookbook author and one of Israel's leading English language advertising copywriters. Her children s books include Hlik Lak, Tasty Bible Stories and Keeping the Promise, which received a 2005 International Reading Association (IRA) Teachers' Choice Award. Married to a university professor, and the mother of two grown boys, Tami lives in Petach Tikva, a suburb of Tel Aviv.

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32 pages


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Publication date

20th April 2007



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