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Hanukkah Upside Down by Elissa Brent Weissman - Book Review

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Hanukkah Upside Down By Elissa Brent Weissman, Omer Hoffmann (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419762963
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 19th, 2023

A fun story about celebrations and family, even if your family is on the other side of the world. We follow two cousins who want to prove which one, “Wins Hanukkah.” A winter Hanukkah sounds horrible, but what is so great about a summer one? As the two show their different traditions they realize they have more in common than not and see that family is the reason for the season. A great way to introduce the holiday or to add to your family's Hanukkah traditions. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Ramadan Drummer by Sahtinay Abaza - Book Review

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The Ramadan Drummer By Sahtinay Abaza, Dinara Mirtalipova (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781478879152
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Published: Reycraft Books - January 16th, 2024

Abaza’s story starts out similarly to other Ramadan stories, with a young boy waiting to break his fast, but a comment from his mother and aunt turns things around. They speak of the first Ramadan the two women had and the mother not wanting to sleep as she might miss the Ramadan Drummer. We proceed to learn that before modern technology (such as alarm clocks) a man would go around the town beating a drum, to make sure everyone was awake for the last meal before their day long fasts at sunrise. Through the dream of the child, we learn the religious, spiritual and historic aspects of Ramadan. Dinara Mirtalipova’s illustrations are deep and rich, immensely detailed and dreamy, even when things are set in the here and now vs. the dream sequence. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Two New Years by Richard Ho - Book Review

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By Richard Ho, Lynn Scurfield (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781797212814
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 8th, 2023

Exploring two cultures' ways of celebrating the New Year, we learn how similar we can be. The details, foods, gifts, and clothing might be different, but we see how family and faith is celebrated. Based on the author's experiences as an adult and their children growing up this way, everyone who is of two (or more) cultures can relate. And those who are new to either or both, can relate to the message. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Gift Edition With Poster) by Eric A. Kimmel - Book Review

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Gift Edition With Poster) By Eric A. Kimmel, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823452552
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Published: Holiday House - October 4th, 2022

If you're ever feeling a bit melancholic at the seeming lack of truly classic Hanukkah stories, here's the one! A great way to acquaint your children with Hershel of Ostropol and get them interested in Jewish/Ukrainian folklore. And the art...I'd almost buy it for the poster alone. Hyman's illustrations are some of the most wonderfully expressive you'll ever see; all the different goblins are so characterful, it's almost a crime the story can only afford a page or two for each of them. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith

J Is for Janucá by Melanie Romero - Book Review

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J Is for Janucá By Melanie Romero, Cassie Gonzales (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Melanie Romero, Cassie Gonzales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781948066426
Availability: Backordered
Published: Lil' Libros - October 25th, 2022

Spanish and English words and phrases fill this alphabet book. Worlds you might know, such as L is for latkes, but also words that maybe do not translate right away for your English speaker, such as J is for Hanukkah. It is clever, interesting, and filled with wonderment. Melanie Romero took it all and had fun, while being educational. Colorful illustrations tie it together. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Harvest Days: Giving Thanks Around the World by Kate Depalma - Book Review

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Harvest Days: Giving Thanks Around the World By Kate Depalma, Martina Peluso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate Depalma, Martina Peluso (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646866274
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Published: Barefoot Books - September 20th, 2022

Depalma shows us how people celebrate thankfulness. There are celebrations all throughout the world. They are thankful for the harvest, rains, family, and good food. We learn about twelve cultures we might not be familiar with. Each culture and their celebrations are shown with the wonderful details and colors of Martina Peluso’s illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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