Today is the start of Hanukkah and is the perfect time to talk about “All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah,” written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.
This is a picture book about a family of five daughters living in New York City in 1912 and who are preparing to celebrate Hanukkah. Gertie, the littlest, knows it’s a special time of the year and wants to help her mother and her sisters get ready for the special holiday, but they keep telling her no. Frustrated, she hides away until her father fetches her and asks her to help their family in a special way.
Full of realistic, colorful artwork, this book is not only a sweet story but a good introduction for any reader to the Jewish holiday as well.
This charming story is based on the longer works by Sydney Taylor, which are available through the library’s online reading services. This title is available at the Beckley branch.
— Elizabeth Hoyle is a reference assistant at the Raleigh County Public Library