A simple introduction for very young children to some of the ways Hanukkah is celebrated.
A girl, a boy, their mother and father, and their playful dog prepare for Hanukkah in this sweetly illustrated board book. In rhyming text readers follow the family as they make preparations for the eight-day celebration. The candles are set in the menorah; the latkes go “Hiss, sizzle, pop” in the kitchen, while the children look in excitement at the wrapped gifts that will later be traded. The songs have been practiced and learned, and so has the dreidel game. Chocolate-covered faces mean the eagerly anticipated Hanukkah gelt has already been sampled. With paper hats, swords, and shields, the children (and their dog) march like Maccabees. At the end of each page the text is brought to a close with the titular phrase, “Hanukkah is coming,” the repetition contributing to the mounting excitement. Finally, the sun sets, the menorah has been lit, and as the family contemplates the stars through the window of their home, the book ends with a satisfying “Hurray! Hanukkah is here!” Garofoli’s richly colored cartoon illustrations contribute to the playfulness of the story.
A joyful and sweet introduction to the holiday. (Board book. 1-4)