Non­na’s Hanukkah Surprise

Karen Fis­man, Martha Aviles, illus.

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By – May 19, 2015

After for­get­ting her Mac­cabee Meno­rah on the air­plane, will Rachel be able to cel­e­brate Hanukkah at Nonna’s house? Unlike Rachel and her par­ents, Non­na and her cousins cel­e­brate Christ­mas, eat­ing lasagna and panet­tone instead of pota­to latkes dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Lucky for Rachel, her prob­lem-solv­ing Non­na will save the day.

This bright­ly-col­ored, fam­i­ly Hanukkah pic­ture book is sprin­kled with Ital­ian words while keep­ing Jew­ish tra­di­tions alive. Young read­er­smwill love Rachel, a vibrant young girl who knows if she lived in the days of Anti­ochus, she’d have fought along with the Mac­cabees, too. This con­tem­po­rary sto­ry is for any young read­er who, like Rachel, may have fam­i­ly and friends who cel­e­brate the hol­i­days dif­fer­ent­ly from oth­ers they know.

Danielle Win­ter is the Library/​Media Spe­cial­ist at Tem­ple Beth Am Day School where she leads sto­ry times and teach­es infor­ma­tion lit­er­a­cy skills. She pre­vi­ous­ly was the Bib­li­og­ra­phy Fel­low at the Yid­dish Book Cen­ter in Amherst, MA.

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