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My First Hanukkah Board Book

By Dorling Kindersley
My First Word Books: The complete preschool learning program to develop your child's vocabulary and early literacy skills.

Description from Publisher

Using the same educational, eye-catching format as Dorling Kindersley's other My First books, this chunky little board book provides an explanation of Hanukkah appropriate for preschoolers. From the origin of the holiday to musical notation for a favorite Hanukkah song to a description of some of the yummy foods eaten during the festivities, My First Hanukkah Board Book packs a whole lot in a small package. In addition to divulging the details of the Festival of Lights, the book helps children develop vocabulary, early literacy, and counting skills ("How many candles are lit on these menorahs?"), and practice their shape and color identification skills. Children can tell their own stories based on the bright, colorful photographs of the rituals, games, and foods of the holiday, or they can read along with their parents as they begin the preparations for Hanukkah.

Description from Amazon.com
Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel
Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel

(Board Book)
Pooh and his friends make their very own Hanukkah dreidels out of clay. Little ones will love to sing "The Dreidel Song" along with Pooh

Description from Publisher
A Chanukah Story for Night Number Three
A Chanukah Story for Night Number Three

By Dina Rosenfeld
This Chanukah story is about a boy named Matisyohu Dov Ber Chaim Tzvi. As if that's not a mouthful, the story is about making a latke that weighs half a ton! After you master saying the boy's name, the book is not only digestible but very delectable. The story is written in rhyme, with the easy cadence and rhythm that preschoolers enjoy hearing in books. In fact, the story is somewhat reminiscent of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, as many creative and zany events take place while the boy's mother is out of the house.

The boy's birthday falls on the third night of Chanukah so he wants to do something special for this dual holiday. The story is action-packed as the logistics of making a giant latke are figured out. The boy enlists the help of a cement mixer which doubles as the world's biggest dreidle as it spins around (the driver had cleverly painted the Hebrew letters on it). The latke is cooked at the local hospital kitchen - the largest in town - and served to the patients. Their spirits are lifted by the events and by the Chanukah story as told by the boy. The cartoon-like color illustrations go well with the story. They emphasize the humor of the verse without being overpowering. In addition, in the back of the book there is an easy-to-follow guide to lighting the menorah as well as the prayers in English, Hebrew and transliterations. The boy's proclamation at the book's end sums up the outcome of the story --"A wonderful mitzvah -- the best there could be, thanks to me, Matisyohu Dov Ber Chaim Tzvi!"

Description from UJF Virginia News, November 11, 1994

Ultimate Sticker Book : Hanukkah
Covering all aspects of the Jewish festival of lights - from the story of the miracle of the oil lamp, to the lighting of the Hannukah menorah, to the special foods eaten during this holiday - the Ultimate Hanukkah Sticker Book makes learning about Jewish festivals fun.

It's Hanukkah!

By Jeanne Modesitt
Dedicated to "the Light within us all," pastel drawings of an anthropomorphic mouse family enliven the "festival of lights" for very young children, as do Jewish symbols and traditional treats, a retelling of the historical origins of Hanukkah, and instructions on how to light the candles of the Menorah. The words to the Hanukkah blessings, a latke (potato pancake) recipe, instructions for the game of dreidel (a small square top whose sides have letters of the Hebrew alphabet), and the music and words to "O Hanukkah" make this a standby for Jewish families, and will help explain Hanukkah to non-Jewish families as well.

Description from Napra Review

The dreidels are spinning, and everyone is winning in this endearing holiday book that introduces young children to Hanukkah. Spirits are high and latkes are aplenty as an irresistible family of mice celebrate the Festival of Lights. Even Great-Grandma Laura joins in to dance the horah in this joyful tribute to families, Jewish traditions, and a holiday beloved by children.

To complete this festive package, the Hanukkah story, a Hanukkah blessing and song, directions for playing the game of dreidel, and a recipe for latkes are included.

Description from Publisher

Hanukkah Lights
(Nifty Lift-And-Look Books)

By Ben Lakner
Celebrate the lights and nights of Hanukkah with plenty of lift-the-flap fun! Each spread of this delightful board book invites children to join in the Festival of Lights. Kids will love lifting and looking as they help find the missing candles, learn why Hanukkah is celebrated, play dreidel, open presents, and much more!

Description from Publisher

This board book explains the history and customs of Hanukkah and features soft illustrations that hide 25 flaps. The flaps hide a continuation of the text or a new picture, encouraging children to further explore what is hidden in the book. The flaps, are a bit flimsy, however, and may not be able to stand the test of time. That still shouldn't detract what is otherwise an enjoyable book.

Lori's Description

Chanukah Punch-out Window Decorations

By Jill Dubin

While the Candles Burn :
Eight Stories for Hanukkah

By Barbara Diamond Goldin
Dedication, faith, religious freedom-these are just some of the concepts at the heart of the celebration of Hanukkah. Noted storyteller Barbara Diamond Goldin offers eight stories, original and traditional, that range over many countries and centuries to reflect the significance of the most widely observed Jewish holiday. In her vivid, eloquent, and occasionally lighthearted voice, she portrays timeless themes such as commitment, courage, lights, and miracles-and issues as contemporary as today's headlines: the role of women in Judaism, and peace between Arabs and Israelis.

With one story for each night of the holiday and Elaine Greenstein's evocative illustrations throughout, this collection will be a lasting favorite. Enjoy it while the Hanukkah candles burn...and all year long.

Description from Publisher

After an insightful look at the history of Hanukkah, Goldin offers eight brief stories, each expanding on one of the holiday's themes. She draws from Jewish folklore as well as the Bible and Talmud to weave tales that reflect the strength of faith, the anchoring role of tradition, the voice of women in Judaism, and the power of people's actions to bring about miracles. Two of the most compelling stories are rooted in history but set in contemporary times, giving an especially relevant spin to the holiday's lessons: In one, a lost soccer game and a forgotten lunch play a role in an Israeli youth's learning to trust his Arabic classmate; in the other, Leah's need to perform a good deed to fulfill a bat mitzvah requirement and a Holocaust survivor's testimony come together. The dramatically angular lines of Elaine Greenstein's prints painted over in gouache convey a childlike innocence in their composition and perspective. A stellar selection for Hanukkah festivities and collections.

Description from Booklist

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

By Eric A. Kimmel
The Klein family live behind the walls of the famous Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City at the turn of the century. On the day before Hanukkah, Papa ventures out to "borrow" a candle from the synagogue so it can be melted down into tiny candles for the family's miniature menorah. What a disaster! The synagogue's new cat ("a fierce Antiochus of a cat!" Papa claims) pounces on him, leaving him wounded and shaken. How will the Kleins obtain a holiday candle with this killer cat on the loose? Despite the borrowing of a familiar premise (little folks furtively living among humans), award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel offers a playful and original springboard for introducing children to the characters, historical landmarks, and symbols of Judaism. For example, when young Mindy volunteers to save Hanukkah (risking an encounter with the cat), she climbs a "lulav" (a palm branch left over from Sukkot) in order to find the candles. When Mindy's wee grandfather saves her from the cat's claws, he is compared to Maccabee, the leader who recaptured Jerusalem from the Greeks. Barbara McClintock's old-fashioned black ink and watercolor paintings, evocative of turn-of-the-century book illustrations, are the perfect accompaniment to this lively, suspenseful tale.

Description from Amazon.com
Papa's Latkes
Papa's Latkes

By Michelle Edwards
For Selma and her little sister, Dora, this is their first Chanukah without Mama. When Papa comes home carrying a big bag of potatoes and all the ingredients for latkes, Selma is worried. Mama always made the Chanukah latkes. Could they make them without her? In Michelle Edwards's poignant story, illustrated with Stacey Schuett's warmly glowing artwork, Selma comes to realize that while Chanukah -- and especially latkes -- will never be the same without Mama, Selma can still celebrate, and will always remember.

A family prepares to celebrate Chanukah for the first time since Mama died -- in this heartfelt, bittersweet tale that will resonate with anyone who has ever faced an empty chair at the holiday table.

Description from Publisher

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

By Patricia Polacco
Another lovely autobiographical snippet from Polacco. The story centers around Trisha and her family as they make loving preparations for Hanukkah, especially her Grampa, who carves wooden toys for the children for each day of the Festival of Lights. When several families in their farm community come down with scarlet fever, Grampa and Babushka realize that their neighbors won't be able to celebrate their holiday properly and take Christmas trees and baskets of food to them. The blending of the two holidays is touching and heartfelt. Polacco's warmly detailed illustrations enrich this tender tale about the true nature of giving, of being good neighbors, and of celebration

Description from School Library Journal

Polacco's characteristically buoyant illustrations embody the joy of holiday traditions even as her robust storytelling locates the essence of that joy in sharing and friendship. While this work should have broad appeal, it is in particular an excellent choice for families seeking to mingle Jewish and Christian traditions.

Description from Publisher's Weekly

The Hanukkah Family Treasure

By Steven Zorn and Rabbi Joui Hessel
This very special, beautifully illustrated collection presents the stories of the Maccabees and Judith, a Hanukkah poem by Emma Lazarus, and traditional blessings in Hebrew and English. There are instructions for making Hanukkah candles, recipes for latkes and doughnuts, rules of the traditional dreidel game, and classic holiday songs.

One for Each Night: Chanukah Tales and Recipes

By Marilyn Kallet
A book for families to celebrate Chanukah. The book contains eight fascinating tales - one for each night of Chanukah and ten delicious recipes.

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