Is It Hanukkah Yet?

Chris Barash; Alessan­dra Psacharop­u­lo, illus.

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By – July 13, 2016

Is It Hanukkah Yet? is a delight­ful hol­i­day book for adults to read to younger chil­dren or for begin­ning read­ers to read on their own. The text and pic­tures move the read­ers along, from the out­door pic­ture clues show­ing that win­ter and Hanukkah are on their way to the warmth of the fam­i­ly home with Hanukkah prepa­ra­tions and glow­ing can­dles, the singing of hol­i­day songs and the spin­ning of drei­dels to show that Hanukkah is here.

The illus­tra­tions are sweet and include cud­dly ani­mals as well as a mul­ti-gen­er­a­tional fam­i­ly. The sim­ple, rhyming lan­guage, sup­port­ed by the images, as well as the rep­e­ti­tion of the refrain, Hanukkah is on its way,” makes this an espe­cial­ly invit­ing sto­ry for ear­ly readers.

Paula Chaiken has worked in a vari­ety of capac­i­ties in the Jew­ish world — teach­ing in reli­gious school, curat­ing at the Sper­tus Muse­um and fundrais­ing for the Fed­er­a­tion — for more than twen­ty years. She also runs a bou­tique pub­lic rela­tions con­sult­ing firm and enjoys read­ing all sorts of books with her three sons.

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