Lotty's Lace Tablecloth

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  • PJ Library Selection

Lotty Gross dreams of becoming a famous lace maker. While learning the trade she begins to make 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, and why this tablecloth, which will ultimately be handed down from one generation to the next, is so important.


  • "Charming illustrations bring to life a by-gone era, as Nina tells the story of her family's Sabbath lace tablecloth, which has been handed down from generation to generation. In Vienna, Austria, her great-great-great grandmother, Lotty Gross, a celebrated lace maker, made a beautiful lace tablecloth to welcome the Sabbath Queen to her home on Shabbat. Nina tells what happened when the Empress Elizabeth saw the exquisite tablecloth and insisted on buying it to use at her palace receptions. Once she found out the tablecloth's importance to Lotty, the Empress proved to have a heart. She sent it to Lotty to use it every weekend, and left it to Lotty in her will when she died. Now Nina's grandmother has given Nina's mother the tablecloth, and they have told Nina that someday it will be given to her.

    First in a new series from Gefen of Jewish Heirloom Stories, this includes space at the end for young readers to write in information about Shabbat heirlooms they have at their own homes, and to paste in photos of them. They will be encouraged to find out about such heirlooms as candlesticks or Kiddush cups from their parents and grandparents, and will learn their family's history in this way. Lehman-Wilzig, the Israeli author of Tasty Bible Stories and Keeping the Promise, emphasizes in a gentle, non-preachy way the importance of honoring the Sabbath, as well as the importance of appreciating and retaining family history. This is a lovely addition to Shabbat stories for Jewish libraries, and would make a nice gift for children and grandchildren. Ages 6-10.

    Jewish Book World
    August, 2007


    "The same author (Tami Lehman-Wilzig) has written another gem called Lotty's Lace Tablecloth."

    Netanya Hoffman
    The Jerusalem Post
    December 7, 2007


    "Set in Vienna in the nineteenth century...the illustrations are exactly right...it has a certain poignancy in view of what happened to the Jews of Vienna...when we finished Lotty's Lace Tablecloth my grandchildren asked if I had anything that came down from my grandparents like the little girl in the book."

    Gloria Deutsch
    ESRA Magazine


    Amazon Reader Review

    "This heart-warming and meaningful story will appeal to children, mainly girls ages 7 - 10 years of age. It begins with Nina, a girl of about 7-8 years of age, who proudly announces that her mother has inherited a family heirloom, a lace tablecloth made by her great, great, great Grandma Lotty. Nina is pleased to share that this lovely item had once belonged to the Empress Elizabeth of Austria.

    Nina recounts the history of how her great, great, great Grandma Lotty had become a lace maker and made the lace tablecloth. She lets us know its significance: it was used for Shabbat, to honor the Sabbath Queen on Friday nights. The story is beautifully illustrated in colorful and striking detail by Ksenia Topaz. The artistic and realistic images tremendously enhance the enjoyment of the story... a very pleasant ending to this very charming book. Most highly recommended."

    Erika Borsos
    August 29, 2007