Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 7, 2015

beautiful yettaBeautiful Yetta’s Hanukkah Kitten by Daniel Pinkwater

“Huddling with her parrot friends in a warm nest atop a street light as the winter begins, Yetta the Yiddish chicken discovers a stray kitten and must find it a safe home when her parrot friends are reluctant to adopt it.”     [JPB PINKWATER]

hanukkahHanukkah by Lisa M. Herrington

“A book just right for emergent readers introduces the origin, traditions, and festivities of Hanukkah.”                 [JE 296.435 HERRINGTON]

hershel and the hanukkah goblinsHershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Erik A. Kimmel

“This 25th anniversary edition of a now-classic tale relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah.”         [J KIMMEL,E]

hanukkah bearHanukkah Bear by Erik A. Kimmel

“Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at ninety-seven, doesn’t hear or see very well—so when a bear arrives at her door, lured by the delicious scent, she invites him in to celebrate Hanukkah with her. Includes a recipe for Latkes.”                 [JPB KIMMEL,E]

hanukkah lightsHanukkah Lights: Holiday Poetry selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

“An illustrated collection of poems for beginning readers captures the diverse celebratory events of the Festival of Lights, including spinning the dreidel and lighting the menorah.”         [J811.54 HANUKKAH]

parakeet named dreidelThe Parakeet Named Dreidel by Isaac Bashevis Singer

“A picture book adaptation of a classic Hanukkah story by the Nobel Prize-winning writer follows the experiences of a family that adopts a stray, Yiddish-speaking parakeet during Hanukkah before discovering its original owner years later.”           [JPB SINGER,I]

very best hanukkah giftThe Very Best Hanukkah Gift by Joanne Rocklin

“Hanukkah is here at last, and Daniel Bloom couldn’t be more excited. It’s time for candle lighting and storytelling and presents. Time for chocolate gelt and dreidel games and . . . green latkes? Uh-oh. Maybe this year’s Hanukkah won’t be quite what Daniel expects.

“And his mom’s zucchini latke experiment isn’t Daniel’s only holiday challenge. There’s that dog who just moved in down the hall. That huge dog with the fierce bark. Ever since being bitten last summer, Daniel has been afraid of dogs. Whenever he hears barking, he feels younger than his little sister, Amy. She loves dogs. Daniel knows that Amy wishes he weren’t afraid. Maybe then, one of her gifts could be a dog. But that would take a miracle, Daniel figures. A Hanukkah miracle.”      [J ROCKLIN,J]

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