for Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights
by Leslie Kimmelman
and John Himmelman
A young first-person narrator relates how one family observes each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. Most of action in Kimmelman's easy-to-read patterned story takes place in Himmelman's full-color illustrations showing the celebrative family in action. Two grandmothers "sip the chicken soup" (second night), three aunts "chant the holiday blessings" (third night), five nephews "fight like Maccabees" (fifth night), six quite distinctive uncles "flip potato latkes" (sixth night), etc. A menorah with candles lit for each night appears in the corner of each double page spread. A page of background information at the end of the book is set in a smaller typeface and written at a more challenging reading level. (Ages 2-4)
CCBC Choices 1992. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1992. Used with permission.
Celebrate the festival of lights with this board book edition of Leslie Kimmelman's popular picture book. Just right for preschoolers, this charming Hanukkah story beautifully introduces several holiday traditions, including lighting the menorah, reciting blessings, playing dreidel games, and more.
"Simple text and jovial watercolors convey the warmth and fun of a family's Hanukkah celebration. Each turn of the page brings a new night of the eight-night holiday and highlights different traditional customs [while on] each double-page spread a menorah [adds] a candle-counting exercise to this playful presentation of holiday customs and activities." -BL.
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