Saturday, December 5, 2009

Today, December 5th, we share...

...our book pick is Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser; illustrated by Nancy Cote. Get ready for Hanukkah with as while reading about Rachel and her friend, Mrs. Greenebrg's attempts to make latkes.

The Jewish holiday Hanukkah literally lights up the home. The eight-day, 2,000-year-old holiday, also called the Festival of Lights, celebrates God's glory, an ancient victory of the Jews over their enemies, and the freedom Jews enjoy today.

Learn more about this ancient tradition with these titles:

For children age 3-6, try the imaginatively illustrated picture book Hanukkah!, written by Roni Schotter and illustrated by Marilyn Hafner (Little, Brown, 1990). A winner of the National Jewish Book Award, the book tells the simple but compelling story of how a family celebrates Hanukkah.

For children age 7-9, The Story of Hanukkah, written by Amy Ehrlich with paintings by Ori Sherman (Dial, 1989), is a good choice. The text is direct and poetic; the paintings are sumptuous, conveying powerful emotions.

For ages 9 and up, the chapter book Light Another Candle, written by Miriam Chaikin and illustrated by Demi (Clarion, 1981), has a great deal of fascinating detail and puts the story into historical perspective.

Try your own latkes!
Make your own using this link from All Recipes or find one of your own!
Hanukkah begines on Friday, December 11th.

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