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. She has lectured on a variety of topics relating to children and books and her greatest joy is reading to her grandchildren on both sides of the ocean. Michal lives in Great Neck, NY and Efrat, Israel.