Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!

Olga & Alek­sey Ivanov, illus.
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By – August 7, 2012

The lyrics to the well-known song pro­vide the text for Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah! and Olga and Alek­sey Ivanov’s col­or­ful illustra­tions bring the words to life. A fam­i­ly cel­ebrating the eighth night of the hol­i­day lights the can­dles, dec­o­rates for a par­ty, dances, exchanges gifts, plays drei­del, and eats latkes. The fam­i­ly dog’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in these activi­ties adds a whim­si­cal touch to the col­or­ful de­piction of the famil­iar activ­i­ties. A note about the his­to­ry of the song is includ­ed, though it is unfor­tu­nate­ly crowd­ed onto the final page with the last line of the song. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 5.

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Mar­ci Lavine Bloch earned her MLS from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, a BA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia and an MA in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture from Ford­ham Uni­ver­si­ty. She has worked in syn­a­gogue and day school libraries and is cur­rent­ly fin­ish­ing her term on the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Committee.

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