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A boy and his pet dragon are on the run to visit a friend. When his friend opens the door to them, he says "Come in. Come in. It is good to see you. We can have fun." The boy asks his friend what he has on his head because he didn't have one and he was curious. His friend and his father each had a yarmulke and because the boy and his pet dragon were at their house, they got them each one to wear. It is Hanukkah and it's a very special time of year!
They go into the kitchen where his friend's mother is making them some latkes (potato pancakes). "That looks good. Is it for us? Will we like it?" Mmmmm, dragon and the two boys certainly did. After they ate, they went to the menorah with eight beautiful colored candles. His friend took another candle to light them. Just for fun they got out a dreidel and had a lot of fun playing. Last, but not least, they each had some gelt (gold foil-wrapped chocolates). Soon it was time for the boy and dragon to go home. They now had their own dreidel and some gelt. "Oh, what a happy Hanukkah, dear dragon!"
This is an excellent book to read and discuss in a homeschool or classroom setting to help children understand cultural and religious practices of some of their own friends. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and the smiling faces all around bring out the joyfulness of this special holiday. In the back of the book there is a "Reading Reinforcement" section that has suggested activities, including phonemic awareness (syllables), phonics, vocabulary (Hanukkah), fluency and discussion time. There is also a list of 61 words used in the text. Happy Hanukkah!
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