Laura Hughes. An autographed copy is available to one of my lucky readers courtesy of publisher Albert Whitman & Company (just leave a comment with your e-mail for a chance to win).
In this picture book, young Sam is looking forward to Hanukkah in a few weeks, but when he and his Hebrew school friends make homemade menorahs for family gifts, Sam is not sure what to do--his family already has seven menorahs at home. He's sure they have no need of another one! But by the first night of Hanukkah, Sam has found a perfect solution to his problem, one that involves his beloved Grammy.
Lauren Wohl has created a heartwarming story about family that many children will identify with. When I was growing up, we had only one menorah in our house, but in my own home, we have at least seven, including one shaped like a hippopotamus that I purchased as a Jewish museum in Cape Town, South Africa! So I can easily understand the dilemma for young Sam--how many menorahs does one family need? But a gift made with love will always find a home somewhere. The story includes a brief summary of the story of Hanukkah, as told by Sam's Hebrew school teacher Ms. Zuckerman; this background provides some context for non-Jewish readers. The colorful, child-like art work provides a perfect complement to the text.
For more great Hanukkah books, check out The Fourth Musketeer's top Hanukkah selections from 2012 and Stacey Shubitz's post from The Nerdy Book Club on her top 10 Hanukkah books. There's such a great selection these days--it's not for nothing that the Jews are known as The People of the Book!
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