I posted on Friday about how I didn’t want Christmas to overshadow Hanukkah for our son, and I promised I’d be back with more Hanukkah book reviews. I wouldn’t want to disappoint so I’m going to go over the 3 books he received over the weekend in his 4 nights of Hanukkah that precede the 8 nights of actual Hanukkah. It may seem a little crazy, but we’ve had fun.
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Chanukah Lights Everywhere. I loved this book for so many reasons. The illustration is superb. I’d call it a work of art. The hidden gems inside for you and your child to find are delightful. It is a book about a 5-year-old boy who finds other ways to observe the Festival of Lights other than just by lighting the menorah. It is a book for young children, but I believe that it explains the holiday in a way that is easy to digest. It explains how each night of Hanukkah works and it isn’t confusing. I think that’s especially important for the younger set.
The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown. This is clearly a book for the younger set, but it’s delightful. I wasn’t really sure what to expect other than The Count being annoying about counting. I believed he was annoying about it as a child, but it’s also part of his charm. You can’t help but love how much he loves numbers. I believe that the book does an excellent job of covering both the social traditions of the holiday and the story of the Maccabees and how we came to celebrate Hanukkah. I would especially recommend this for children who aren’t Jewish but will be meeting children who are Jewish. I think it’s a good introduction to Hanukkah and would help teach tolerance.
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale. I love this one. It is another book with great illustrations. It’s an odd story that basically combines Hanukkah with a Titanic-esque shipwreck. Simon experiences various hardships along his journey to the United States, but you are reminded at every turn that miracles never cease. You just have to accept them. Simon is unsure of whether he will make it to the United States after the shipwreck, but he holds out hope. I feel this book helps to teach children about finding even the smallest of miracles to keep their hope alive. There were a couple of moments in the book that I felt were going to be quite scary, but they turned out quite well. I loved the story and the reminder that miracles can happen to anyone if you believe. I would recommend this story for all children not just little Jewish children.
So that’s our take on this years Hanukkah books. We plan to read these for many years to come and also add a few more to the arsenal. I know that the Sesame Street books will be outgrown the fastest. Oskar and the Eight Blessings is definitely on my list.
What are your favorite Hanukkah books? Are there any you’d suggest for Christmas? The holidays are here, and we are in full swing. You can check back for more book reviews in my monthly Book Club or during the 12 Days of Christmas!