The Princess of Borscht by Leda Schubert

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Ruthie's grandma is in the hospital, not surprisingly complaining about the food. All she wants is a nice bowl of borscht. Ruthie comes to the rescue, even though she hasn't the faintest idea of how to make it. With the help of a few well-meaning neighbors (including the Tsarina of Borscht and the Empress of Borscht and some ingenuity of her own), a soul-reviving brew is concocted…

About Leda Schubert

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Leda Schubert lives in Plainfield, Vermont, and is a faculty member at Vermont College. She has served on many ALA committees, including the Caldecott and Arbuthnot.   Bonnie Christensen is the author-illustrator of WOODIE GUTHRIE: POET OF THE PEOPLE, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a New York Times Notable Book. Her illustrations also appear in the London Folio Society's edition of THE GRAPES OF WRATH and over ten children's books, including POMPEII, LOST AND FOUND by Mary Pope Osborne. Most recently, she illustrated IDA B. WELLS: LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD, with text by Walter Dean Myers (Oct. 2008). Bonnie's fine art prints have been exhibited internationally. She lives in Wilson, North Carolina.
Published November 22, 2011 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Ruthie’s grandmother is in the hospital recovering from pneumonia, but the hospital food is so terrible that she tells Ruthie to bring her some homemade borscht “or who knows what will happen.” Fearful of the consequences of failure, Ruthie searches for the secret recipe without success.

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Ruthie has never made borscht before, so luckily (or is it?) Grandma’s yenta neighbors — the self-anointed Empress, First Lady, and Tsarina of Borscht — come around to offer their culinary expertise.

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