Book Review - Hanukkah

Hanukkah is over. I have packed up the menorahs and many of our decorations (though not all). I have photos to capture some of the memories and gifts to remind me of others. But much of the learning and sharing that has gone on has revolved around books so here is a book review to help keep those memories.

Chanukkah in Chlem - A silly picture book that Froggy enjoyed. While it does not tell the Hanukkah story it does talk about lights and miracles and oil. I found its character portrayal insulting not funny.

Grandma's Latkes - A modern story in which a young girl learns the meaning of Hanukkah with her grandmother. It is a longer, older story that we had to skip though for lack of attention. It is a good story that weaves culture and family in with the telling of the Hanukkah story. A big thumbs up for this one.

Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah - too dumb for even Froggy to enjoy

The Story of Hanukkah by Amy Eirlich - This is a beautiful but involved telling of the Hanukkah story for a mature audience. It is violent and graphic. The artwork is lovely but again violent. We will revisit this book in a few years probably when Froggy is 7 or 8.


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