Winter -- Hanukkah


    Illus. by Lloyd Bloom.  San Diego:  Harcourt, 1995.  unp. 0-15-202094-2 pb.
    $6.00    94-31374     Gr. 2-8+      FIC  or   E

        Morris Kaplan lives a secluded life as a florist who is generous with his flowers.  Two children often buy flowers on their way home from school.  One day, when he gives them extra flowers for Hanukkah, their mother invites him to celebrate with them.  He explains that he hasn't celebrated the Sabbath or Hanukkah since he was a small boy in Poland.  The children insist and he celebrates with them.  Eventually, he explains how he lost his family in the holocaust and how a flower saved his life.  Readers are satisfied with the realistic ending and know that flowers saved his life again.  This is a picture book suitable for older students and adults.  It makes an excellent read-aloud wherever the holocaust is studied, even in junior and even senior high schools.  Adler's picture book is a Hanukkah story which provides information about that holiday but it is also a Holocaust story.   Libraries which do not have the hardcover edition, should own  the paperback.
        Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
        32 years of experience as a school library-media specialist.

Baum, Maxie.  I HAVE A LITTLE DREIDEL.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  New York:
            Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 2006.  Unp.  ISBN: 0-439-64997-8  hb. $9.99.
            Gr. PreS-K    E PIC
            The title of the book is also the title of the children's song which traditionally sung during the celebration of Hanukkah. The rhyme is about the dreidel, a small, inverted
mushroom-shaped spinning top with Hebrew letters around it. The colorful illustrations depict a large, happy family preparing their Hanukkah meal and lighting the menorah. The book is a good introduction to the holiday celebration of Hanukkah and includes a recipe for the traditional potato latkes as well as the rules to play with the dreidel.
            Judy Bennett, Clerk, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Kimmelman, Leslie.  THE RUNAWAY LATKES.  Illus by Paul Yalowitz.
    Morton Grove, I|L:  Whitman, 2000.  32p.  0-80075-7176-8; LIB.BDG., $15.95
    99-050900    PreS-Gr. 2    E

    This version of "The Gingerbread Man" takes place when Rebecca Bloom is preparing latkes for a Hanukkah party at the synagogue.  Three latkes jump out of the pan and sing the refrain which the audience can join in: "Big and round, crisp and brown,/off we roll to see the town!/And YOU can's catch us!"  The characters who chase the latkes in this cumulative tale are Rebecca, a rabbi, a cantor, boys, the mayor, and two Police officers, Harry and Sue.  The story ends when Rebecca invites everyone to the synagogue to eat latkes.   A recipe for the latkes appears on the last page with a warning for readers under 12 to make them with a grownup.  Add this to your Hanukkah books.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

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