This exquisitely illustrated book captures the joy and excitement of Hanukkah in the colorful dancing Chagall-like figures of the family who are lighting the Hanukkah candles. The cut pages show each successive candle being lit on the golden hanukiah as the book counts up to eight. A haiku for each night tells in 3 lines and seventeen syllables about the joy of the holiday. Some of the poems rhyme and others don’t, although the haiku form does not call for rhyme. Many words are repeated from poem to poem, making this reviewer wish the author had explored her topic a little deeper than saying that Hanukkah is fun. Although this book gives no real information about the history or celebration of Hanukkah, it is a delightful feast for the eyes that children will enjoy. Recommended Preschool; ages 1 – 5.
Susan Dubin was the first librarian honored with a Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award. She is the owner/director of Off-the-Shelf Library Services and library instructional consultant at Valley Beth Shalom Day School in Encino, CA.
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