Friday, December 15, 2006
Hanukkah officially starts at sundown tonight. If you're looking for picture books to read to very young children (2-3 years old), consider these two:
If you have a child who gravitates to stories involving animals, Beni's First Chanukah might be a good choice. Through a family of bears, we are taken through the preparations for Chanukah. Technically, it isn't Beni's actual first Chanukah, but he's big now and it's the first Chanukah he "would be old enough to remember." Beni "helps" peel potatoes for latkes and "helps" Papa fry the sufganiyot. The extended family arrives, the kids spin the dreidel, and everyone exchanges gifts. Very simple text.
We also have Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah , and I have to admit this is my favorite of the two. This time, our Hanukkah celebrants are a family of mice. Each page only has one line of text-just right to read to a toddler. We see the mice greeting their relatives, lighting the menorah, and dancing the hora. As you may guess, this is the Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah song in a picture book format.
The illustrations are quite clever (check out the book the children are reading).
Apples4theteacher's Hanukkah site