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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The children turn the house upside down trying to sneak a peek at their presents.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book tells of a traditional celebration with adequate writing and pictures, but it doesn't provide much detail or explanation.
Is It Any Good?
There is certainly a need for more good picture books for young children about Hanukkah, but this isn't one of them. Both pictures and text are insipid. The author offers nothing new, either in story or language -- this is a connect-the-dots celebration of the holiday. The pictures, full of smiling, cuddly bears, are reminiscent of Beatrix Potter, but without the charm.
Oddly, the author passes up chances to add any real content: Beni and Papa recite a prayer, but the prayer isn't given. Grandpa tells the story of Hanukkah, but it's assumed that readers already know it. There are other problems as well. For example, the ornate wallpaper patterns distract from the characters, and the author says "light flakes of snow began to dust the trees," but the picture shows the world covered in deep snow.
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