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EIGHT WINTER NIGHTS by Laura Krauss Melmed


A Family Hanukkah Book

by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Elisabeth Schlossberg

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8118-5552-5
Publisher: Chronicle

In a sequence of short verses, a family first prepares for then celebrates the festival of Hanukkah. Grandmother, grandfather, mother, father and kids—elementary-age daughter, preschool-age son and baby—get the menorah ready, light the candles night by night, sing and dance, listen to stories, play dreidel, entertain extended family, eat Hanukkah gelt and latkes, open presents and feed the tzedakah jar. The verses are short, often three to a spread, well-suited to sharing with young children. At their best they approach the sublime simplicity of nursery rhymes; at their worst they descend to doggerel, but they are over with quickly. Schlossberg's soft pencil-and-pastel illustrations are bathed in winter-evening warmth, russet and magenta undertones making this small home snug and cozy. Everyone should celebrate so fully. Concluding notes provide background on the holiday and its traditions. (Picture book. 2-5)