Nana is babysitting for Janie the afternoon before the first Hanukkah candle is to be lit, and Janie does not want to take her usual nap. Nana comes up with a better idea — let’s bake an apple pie! The two conspirators, accompanied by the family’s shaggy dog, bake the most “scrumpdillishiest” apple pie ever, making a glorious mess of the formerly spotless kitchen in the process. They then proceed to clean the kitchen thoroughly because “that’s polite.” When Mom and baby brother return, they know a yummy pie is waiting. Later Father comes home, and the house is ready for lighting candles, singing songs, latkes, dreidels, partying, and of course eating delicious treats.
The story is told in rhyme and is accompanied by color illustrations showing happy, expressive faces and a cozy, cheerful home. The book includes a glossary, instructions for playing dreidel, words and music to two songs, a recipe for apple pie, and a mini lesson on how to light Hanukkah candles.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.