Beau­ti­ful Yetta’s Hanukkah Kitten

Daniel Pinkwa­ter; Jill Pinkwa­ter, illus.
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By – June 2, 2015

Brave and clever Yet­ta, an Eng­lish and Yid­dish-speak­ing chick­en, has escaped from a poul­try mar­ket, and now lives hap­pi­ly in Brook­lyn with a flock of wild par­rots. We love this chick­en! She is like our moth­er,” say the par­rots (whose dia­logue is also trans­lat­ed into Span­ish). One win­ter night, Yet­ta dis­cov­ers a tiny kit­ten almost buried in a snow­drift. Yet­ta and the par­rots want to take care of her but they don’t know how. Then Yet­ta notices a light­ed meno­rah in old grandmother’s win­dow, and remem­bers that it’s Hanukkah — the Fes­ti­val of Lights. Yet­ta taps on grandmother’s win­dow and tells her about the lost kit­ten (grand­moth­er and Yet­ta con­verse in Yid­dish). Grand­moth­er agrees to take the kit­ten and then, reward­ing one good turn with anoth­er, she treats Yet­ta and the par­rots to a plate of fresh latkes. 

A chart of the Yid­dish and Hebrew alpha­bet is includ­ed. The let­ters for both lan­guages are the same but Yid­dish words are pro­nounced dif­fer­ent­ly from Hebrew words. A translitera­tion of Yid­dish and Span­ish is also includ­ed. The live­ly, bril­liant­ly-col­ored illus­tra­tions were cre­at­ed with Pris­ma­col­or indeli­ble mark­ers and pen and ink. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 9.

Susan Kan­tor was a senior writer/​editor for Girl Scouts of the USA, a chil­dren’s book edi­tor, and a past judge for the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards in the illus­trat­ed children’s book cat­e­go­ry. She is a writer and a docent at the Rubin Muse­um in New York City, where she leads pub­lic and pri­vate tours.

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