ABC Hanukkah Hunt

Til­da Bal­s­ley; Helen Poole, illus.

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By – August 30, 2013

This is a bright, cheery ABC book with a Hanukkah theme. The clever rhymes have rhythm and meter and touch on all aspects of the hol­i­day. What dis­tin­guish­es this book from a crowd­ed field, though, is that the read­ing is an active expe­ri­ence rather than sim­ply a pas­sive plea­sure. Each page con­tains some activ­i­ty which engages young minds and exer­cis­es young brains — some­thing to find, some­thing to mull over, some­thing to choose, some­thing to learn. The illus­tra­tions are burst­ing with col­or and filled with smil­ing faces; even the pup­py boasts a hap­py Hanukkah smile! 

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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