No Nap­time for Janie!: A Hanukkah Tale

Margie Blum­berg; Renee Andri­ani, illus.

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By – November 27, 2017

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.

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