Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Another Hanukkah Book!

What could be more appealing to small readers than bouncing bunnies? Here's a book that introduces Hanukkah in the hoppiest of ways. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) The author has written many books about religious observances and considers the preschoolers at her temple to be her surrogate grandchildren. Parents and grandparents will snuggle up their little ones with this one.

HOPPY HANUKKAH! by Linda Glaser. Illustrated by Daniel Howarth.
This is a warm and cozy introduction to family traditions. What does Hanukkah feel like? The author brings family together to light candles, eat latkes, and play dreidel, carefully engaging the bunny children. They choose the color candles for the menorah, sample the potato latkes, bask in the glow of candles during the blessing. The connection is made that the menorah with its burning candles is placed in the window for all to see just as Jews have done for generations. But what makes it feel the most like Hanukkah? I'll leave that for you and your snugglers to find out for yourselves.

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