Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kidz Korner
Hanukkah Books



Hanukkah(or Chanukkah) and Thanksgiving coincide this year and that won't happen again for 70,000 years!  This blog is especially dedicated to my friend, Janet's granddaughter, Lia!  Happy Hanukkah!!
The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll

A little mouse family watches the Silman family celebrate Hanukkah on the very first night.  Rachel Silman gets a beautiful doll house for a gift and the mice are enchanted and sure it is just the right size for them. 

Each night another little gift appears in the house and the mice have a wonderful Hanukkah and a new house thanks to Rachel.
I loved the pictures in this book.  The little mice even wore yarmulkes!
I would read this book to kids 3-6.

Hanukkah: A Counting Book by Emily Sper

A simple book that has cutouts as each candle on the menorah is lit. A little one could use it to learn to count and an older child can learn the names of the numbers in Yiddish and Hebrew.  I would read this book to kids 1-8.

 The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel

 Bubba Brayna, is old, hard of hearing and has trouble seeing but everyone
loves to come to her house during Chanukkah to eat her latkes. When he
first visitor shows up, Bubba Brayna is sure it is the rabbi but it is a bear
who woke up from his winter sleep instead!  She entertains him and feeds
him and sends him on his way.  Then the real company shows up! A cute book about miscommunication with a happy ending. I would read this book to kids 5-8.

 Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat by Naomi Howland

If you ever read the story of Strega Nona you will love this book which has
the same theme.  Sadie’s brothers refuse to gather wood for the fire so Sadie
goes herself and meets and old woman who gives her a magic pan and the
special words to make it work.  When Sadie’s brother overhears her speak
the words, he is sure he can make it work too. When Sadie is gone to find
the old woman, the brothers make latkes and more latkes and more latkes.
Find out how the happy ending comes about when you read this book. I would read this book to kids 4-8.

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