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Hanukkah!    by Roni Schotter & Marilyn Hafner order for
by Roni Schotter
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2008 (2008)
Hardcover, Softcover

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This story about a family's Hanukkah traditions won the National Jewish Book Award when it was first released in 1990. This paper-over-board edition was released this fall.

In it, a warm story is told in a breezy, singsong manner, centering around a family who is gathered for a Hanukkah celebration, which includes the traditional lighting of the menorah, the dreidel game, exchange of gifts, and a festive meal of pot roast, applesauce and fried potato latkes. A heartwarming side story is brother Sam trying to get baby Moe to correctly pronounce Hanukkah, which, of course, he does by the book's end. The sheer delight and joy of a family celebrating an age-old tradition shines through the pages.

Muted colors and softly shaded drawings lend charm to this simple and cozy book, which is appropriate for younger children. The story of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Light and Dedication, is explained in further detail at the end of the book.

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