Hap­py Hanukkah Lights

Jacque­line Jules; Michelle Shapiro, illus.

  • Review
By – September 1, 2011

This Hanukkah board book is short and sweet, just right for infants and tod­dlers. All the impor­tant parts of the hol­i­day are dis­cussed — win­ter, can­dles, latkes, drei­dels, fam­i­ly, and even Judah Mac­cabee. Each page con­tains a sim­ple rhyming cou­plet— just enough words and detail for your lit­tle one. The illus­tra­tions are paint­ed in vibrant col­ors with lots of yel­low, to make you feel warm and wel­come to cel­e­brate. I par­tic­u­lar­ly like that the focus is not on gift giv­ing, and even the illus­tra­tions on each page rein­force the fam­i­ly cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­day together. 

Rachel Ros­ner is the Direc­tor of the Jew­ish Book Fes­ti­val in Rochester, NY. She also runs Jew­ish Fam­i­ly Pro­grams for the JCC, and has worked there since 1994. She holds a degree in Ear­ly Child­hood Edu­ca­tion from Syra­cuse University.

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