Hanukkah in Lit­tle Havana

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By – December 5, 2022

Hanukkah is a hap­py hol­i­day, and it is gen­er­al­ly por­trayed that way in children’s books. Hanukkah in Lit­tle Havana is no dif­fer­ent; it hums with non­stop joy! Trans­port­ed by their par­ents in a drowsy, semi – dream state to Mia­mi, where their grand­par­ents live, two chil­dren leave drea­ry Mary­land behind. They burst into Hanukkah as a Cuban-themed trop­i­cal par­adise. Pick­ing cit­rus fruit from trees, danc­ing in the sand, and feast­ing on Nonna’s fried treats, they all become part of the fab­u­lous hol­i­day celebration.

The book’s vivid­ly col­ored, high-ener­gy illus­tra­tions and stereo­type-break­ing grand­par­ents com­plete a deli­cious pack­age. Now all we need is a recipe for buñue­los: a fried Hanukkah pas­try in South Amer­i­ca and the Caribbean.

Award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and free­lance writer, Helen Weiss Pin­cus, has taught mem­oir writ­ing and cre­ative writ­ing through­out the NY Metro area to senior cit­i­zens and high school stu­dents. Her work has been pub­lished in The New York Times, The Record, The Jew­ish Stan­dard, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She recent­ly added Bub­by” to her job description.

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