The Hanukkah Hop!

Eri­ca Sil­ver­man; Steven D’Amico, illus.
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By – December 19, 2011

Eri­ca Silverman’s lat­est book intro­duces what may become a new tra­di­tion in many house­holds, The Hanukkah Hop. Using a rhyming text with an added dose of jazz, she weaves a tale around Rachel’s fam­i­ly, cre­at­ing their Hanukkah cel­e­bra­tion with a twist, lit­er­al­ly. All the ingre­di­ents are there: drei­dels, jel­ly donuts, latkes, the meno­rah, can­dles, the Mac­cabees, and the oil and, when a klezmer band arrives, the par­ty starts hop­ping. Fam­i­ly and friends join in the mer­ri­ment as they cel­e­brate with the Mazel-Tones and a play­ful bid­dy-bid­dy bim-bom bop floats from page to page. The illus­tra­tions by Steven D’Amico are joy­ous and rem­i­nis­cent of the 50’s with a twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry edge. One might find a rel­a­tive of one’s own on every page. You will find your­self hum­ming bid­dy-bid­dy bim-bom and tap­ping your feet as his art­work draws you fur­ther into the sto­ry. This is a per­fect tale to set the stage for Hanukkah that will delight young and old and per­haps entice some to begin their own fam­i­ly tra­di­tions. Rec­om­mend­ed for all ages. 

Chris­tine Maas­dam holds a Mas­ters in Human­i­ties, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in Muse­um Stud­ies and Cul­tur­al Prop­er­ty Pro­tec­tion. She is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing her M.L.I.S. Her inter­ests are phi­los­o­phy and the impact of art and tech­nol­o­gy on culture.

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