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Quick Pick Picture Book – Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

When Hershel arrives in a village he learns that they are unable to celebrate Hanukkah because of some antisemitic goblins.  To rid the town of this scourge, Hershel will need to light the candles each night and on the eighth … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book – The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes

After two reviews of books that had the potential to offend, here’s a completely user-friendly Hanukkah story.  The only shortcoming is that it errs on the side of too bland.  The kindness/neighborly love theme could have been set at any … Continue reading

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Candelight for Rebecca

Well, they can’t all be winners.  It would have been nice if this were a good book, because anything American Girl is wildly popular, but I’d have to say Candelight for Rebecca was marginal at best.  There are conflicting messages … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book- The Latke Who Wouldn’t Stop Screaming

You would scream too, wouldn’t you, if you were dropped in sizzling oil to be fried?  If everywhere you went others refused to understand you?  If you felt as if you didn’t have a proper home?  If someone was prepared … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book – The Trees of the Dancing Goats

This is a fabulous story for the winter holidays. Patricia Polacco has written The Trees of the Dancing Goats about her own experiences growing up on her grandparent’s farm.  One winter, while her family is making their preparations for Chanukkah, … Continue reading

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Quick Pick Picture Book – The Chanukkah Guest

Eric Kimmel’s The Chanukkah Guest is one of my favorite Chanukkah stories.  97 year old Bubba Brayna has been cooking her famous latkes.  The smell is so tantalizing that it wakes a hibernating bear.  The old woman has become a … Continue reading

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Letters From Rifka

Okay, I’m going to admit to you that I was teary at the end of this one.  It ends well, but the story is quite touching.  Rifka and her family flee their home in the Ukraine under the cover of … Continue reading

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Molly’s Pilgrim

I feel like I should start this with an entreaty to parents: This is a widely taught book, please don’t read it with your kid. Why not?  Because often when students are familiar with the text and know the outcome, … Continue reading

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