For Educators

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Fun Activities

I'll be posting fun activities to do with Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie on the Flashlight Press website.
Keep an eye out over the next month.


In A Box of Candles Grandma Gussie is a good cook. My grandmother Ida Rapoport was also a good cook. One of my favorite treats was her poppy seed cookies. Several years ago I found a recipe in The Boston Globe that makes cookies very similar to those my grandmother made. My children love them.


4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup oil (I use canola oil)
1 cup sugar
5 cups flour
1/​2 teaspoon salt
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
1/​2 cup poppy seeds

Mix eggs, vanilla and oil with the sugar. Add flour, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds. The mixture will be very thick. For sliced cookies, form the mixture into logs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate a few hours or overnight, then slice the cookies 1/​4 inch thick. For rolled cookies, form the dough into two balls, flatten slightly, wrap and refrigerate for several hours, then roll out and cut into 2 inch rounds. Sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake on an ungreased sheet at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown. These cookies taste better the next day.

Selected Works

Picture Book
"[this] capricious tale will have young girls wishing for a silly grandma just like Tillie, especially if she can hang a spoon from her nose." Kirkus Reviews *****Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie has been announced as a winner of the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award. See the book page for more information.
Winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature and a 2006 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Younger Readers
A hippo and an antelope seem to have nothing in common, but become good friends.