Clifford truly gets around his neighborhood. This time, Emily Elizabeth and he are invited to a school friend’s home for a Hanukkah celebration. Bridwell accurately describes in an organized and playful manner the elements necessary to create Hanukkah in the home. Emily Elizabeth and Clifford are introduced to latkes, dreidels, and the miracle of the oil. The word menorah is used instead of hanukkiah, although what is pictured in the illustration is a hanukkiah. In a home or classroom situation, this difference should be noted and explained to the child or children.
As games are played, family festivities and food is enjoyed and all join in the community candle lighting, where of course, Clifford saves the day.
The book clearly succeeds by introducing Hanukkah and making the key facts easily accessible for all ages. Clifford, as the recognizable and loving, friendly pup, will certainly please young readers who follow his antics.
The illustrations are clear, bright and descriptive, offering parents and educators a valuable entry point from which questions and conversations can be generated.
The book is excellent for early childhood education programs, beginning readers and as a resource for holidays and instilling differing cultural practices. Recommended for ages 1- 6.