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Hanukkah! Paperback – October 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316774693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316774697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,642,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This glowing picture book focuses on one family's celebration of Hanukkah. It's the eighth and final night of the holiday and Mama, Papa and Grandma Rose are lighting the menorah, while the children--Nora, Dan, Ruthie, Sam and baby Moe--begin their own preparations for the family celebration. Nora and Dan make latkes, Ruthie makes decorations, Sam makes clay dreidels and tries to teach baby Moe how to say "Hanukkah." The festive family meal is followed by songs, dances and gifts. Finally, as the evening ends and the candles burn low, Moe giggles "Hanuk-kah!" Schotter's somewhat bland text may confuse children with its odd blend of poetry and prose, but Hafner's watercolors of the cozy house filled with the warmth of love and family beautifully evoke this special celebration's pleasures. A one-page "Story of Hanukkah" and a glossary of Hanukkah words are included. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

A Jewish family celebrates a happy Hanukkah in the 1950s. Nora leads her four siblings off to make gifts and latkes, spin the dreydel, and they all play until supper. After dinner, the children open presents and enjoy an extended family hug. Hafner's cartoon-lined figures are softened to good effect with watercolor and colored pencil, and the nighttime setting of the story is warm with candlelight and family delight. A final note gives a short explanation of the holiday.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, this is one of our favorite stories for Chanukah and the holiday season. A warm and cozy glimpse at a family holiday with a simple story that is both funny and appealing. We love the illustrations and the poetic writing and have shared this book with friends of all religions. Everyone loves it! One of the nicest Chanukah books we've ever found to share.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peppy on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a preschool teacher and used this book in a week long unit. Not only did we read it numerous times but my 4 and 5 year old students loved it every time. It not only educated them but entertained as well. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on November 1, 2007
Format: Board book
Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 10) for Reader Views (10/07)

Are you looking for a small picture book which describes Hanukkah? If you are, Roni Schotter has created just the one for you. Inside the front cover is a description of four specific things associated with Hanukkah. The pictures throughout the book show you just how the traditions of Hanukkah are celebrated. There are little ones that small kids will be able to relate to for celebrating the holiday, including being tempted to steal food before mealtime.

With thick pages, "Hanukkah!" is a terrific book for the youngest reader. Lots of families celebrating together are a big part of this book. Isn't that what this special time of year is great for, celebrating with friends and families getting together? I love this book!

Book received free of charge.
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By a&jsinger on December 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was very pleased with this book. I think the story itself is very cute and age-approriate for the target audience. I purchased it because I wanted a book to take to my daughter's preschool for a Hanukkah celebration to help the children learn more about what the holiday is and why it is observed. I don't think the story itself actually does the best job of "explaining" the holiday but like I said the story is very cute. There is a section on the back cover that does do a really nice job of giving a better history of Hanukkah and why it is celebrated and when I went into my daughter's preschool I actually started with that part first and then read the story and I think it went over really well with them. I may have substituted a word here and there but overall I was very, very pleased. Great book to have for any family that celebrates Hanukkah.
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By Rebecca Brown on October 22, 2003
Format: Board book
A charming little book for the young at heart about celebrating, with all the trimmings, one family's joyous Festival of Lights.
Destined to be a perenial favorite of RebeccasReads.
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