From School Library Journal
PreS–Gabi celebrates the first night of Hanukkah with her parents and receives a new tricycle as a gift. When she falls off her trike (which she's named “Hanukkah”), her mother convinces her to be brave like the Maccabees by getting back on and trying again. The first half of the book is a simple, traditional look at a young family lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, eating latkes, and recounting the Hanukkah story. Unfortunately, the second half involving Gabi and her tricycle feels a bit forced. Still, young children will enjoy her success when she and “Hanukkah” finally take off down the block. Acrylic illustrations are straightforward and pleasant, featuring large blocks of modest colors and generally subdued action.Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
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Young Gabi Greenberg loves everything about Hanukkah—lighting menorah candles, eating potato pancakes, and listening to stories about the Maccabees and their struggles. She is also pleased to receive a tricycle as a present (and dubs it Hanukkah, in honor of the occasion), but a nasty fall on her first outing leaves her feeling insecure. Mom helps her to clean up and reminds her about the Maccabees’ own fears; finally, Gabi summons her courage and rides again—this time with success. Edwards’ simple story introduces basic holiday history and traditions, emphasizing the Maccabees’ heroism and how this value can be applied in contemporary situations. Mitter’s gentle, acrylic illustrations portray a loving family, focused on Gabi’s wants and needs. Although the story will be overly didactic for some, it will be a welcome addition to religious school collections. Public libraries with high demand for character-education resources will also find this a useful introduction to the concept of perseverance. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kay Weisman