Using the repeated refrain “…this light fills my heart with joy”, the author and illustrator present a lullaby along with softly colored drawings which explain and give a feeling of the holiday of Hanukkah to a very young child. Written in partial rhyme, the book is designed to be used in conjunction with the sung lullaby; the music can be accessed on iTunes or Facebook and the adult reader must access the music independently.
Illustrations include Hanukkah gelt, lighting the menorah, the Maccabee fight for freedom, holiday foods and children playing instruments. An excellent, comprehensive summary of the holiday is included at the end of the book.
While a nice picture accompaniment for a personal adult and child lullaby experience, as a board book itself, the vocabulary is out of sync with usual board book age group. Parents can, of course, use the pictures and substitute their own words when “reading” the book instead of singing the lullaby but use of a parent’s own words does not seem to be the author’s intent.
Recommended for ages 1 – 4.