The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming Story & Craft

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It may look like a Christmas book (in fact, its full title is The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story) but this story by Lemony Snicket is all about Hanukkah and how one little potato pancake is on a quest to find some understanding in a world full of Christmas symbols. Read this hilarious story and create your own screaming latke!

What You’ll Need:
*The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket
*Glue
*Scissors
*Brown & black construction paper
OR
*small paper plate with brown crayon & black marker

Preparation:
*Explain to your children that a “latke” is a potato pancake typically prepared for the holiday of Hanukkah and eaten with sour cream and applesauce. You can even prepare potato pancakes using the recipe below.

Activity:
*Read The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming out loud.
*Older children can cut the circle shape for the latke out of brown construction paper – about 4 to 5 inches in diamater. Cut the edges like a fringe to show the grated potatoes that make up the pancake. Cut out eyes, nose, and a screaming mouth out of black construction paper and glue to the brown pancake.
*Younger children can take the small paper plate and color the back of it with brown crayon – in straight lines all over to make it look like the grated potatoes of the pancake. Then use the black marker to draw on eyes, nose, and a screaming mouth.

Suggested Resources:
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming for less than $5 at Amazon.com
• Potato Pancake (Latke) Recipe:
o 2 cups shredded potatoes – squeeze in paper towels to remove excess moisture
o 1 Tbsp grated onion
o 3 eggs, beaten
o 2 Tbsp flour
o 1 ½ tsp salt
o ½ cup oil for frying
Stir all ingredients but oil together. Heat oil until hot. Spoon out pancake mix into hot oil & flatten to form ¼ inch thick patties. Brown on both sides. Place on paper towel to drain. Serve warm with applesauce and sour cream.

This activity can also be found in our Book Club section.