The Hanukkah Trike

Michelle Edwards; Kather­ine Mit­ter, illus.
  • Review
By – September 1, 2011
Young Gabi learns about the hol­i­day of Hanukkah along with mas­ter­ing the skills to ride her gift of a tri­cy­cle which she names Hanukkah”. Although she falls off and hurts her knee, she per­se­veres when remem­ber­ing the brav­ery of the Mac­cabees, who didn’t give up” either. Any child learn­ing to ride a tri­cy­cle will relate to Gabi’s expe­ri­ence. This pic­ture book is sim­ple to under­stand, although lim­it­ed in its detail about the Hanukkah hol­i­day in order to appeal to a preschool audi­ence. The illus­tra­tions are rich and col­or­ful and very fol­low the text clear­ly. The book may ben­e­fit by more infor­ma­tion about the rea­son for, and tra­di­tions of, the hol­i­day. It can be read to a two year-old child and read by a good sec­ond grade read­er. For ages 2 – 5.

Read­ing Guide

Nao­mi Kramer is a retired read­ing con­sul­tant teacher who devel­oped cur­ricu­lum for using lit­er­a­ture to edu­cate chil­dren and adults in the his­to­ry of the Holo­caust. She is a docent and edu­ca­tor at the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter of Nas­sau County.

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