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Biscuit's Hanukkah Board book – October 11, 2005
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Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of the first story about Tulip and Rex, Tulip Loves Rex, as well as the bestselling Biscuit books and many other beloved children's books. She lives in a book-filled home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Pat Schories's engaging illustrations of the puppy Biscuit are modeled on her own dog. In addition to having illustrated all the Biscuit books, she is also the artist and author of He's Your Dog and Mouse Around. Ms. Schories lives in Cold Spring, NY.
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We generally skip the holiday Biscuit books, but this was one I felt okay about picking up for my kids, and it turns out I actually like it, for several reasons.
Most important, it's unclear whether the girl in the story (Biscuit's owner) is Jewish; I'm assuming probably not. And I love this! To me, this makes it a story about how she offers a homemade Chanukah gift to Jewish friends at their holiday time - what a nice message.
Also, the Jewish boy shown receiving the menorah is wearing a kippah (yarmulke) - it's a delightfully rare treat for my kids to see kids wearing kippot in mainstream board books.
Finally, as usual, Biscuit manages to be cute but not cloying (in small doses) and his antics, punctuated by enthusiastic barks on every page, are mild but entertaining enough for both my baby (1) and toddler (3.5).
This may not be a great literary or Judaic classic, but it's a cheerfully inclusive holiday tale that emphasizes the spirit of sharing holidays with friends - canine and otherwise.
For preschool and younger.
Reviewed by Melanie Pastor