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The Hanukkah Hop!

The Hanukkah Hop!

Erica Silverman
Illustrator:  Steven D'amico 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2011   ISBN: 978-1442406049

It is Hanukkah, and Rachel and her family are getting ready for their celebration. Daddy is blowing up balloons, Mommy is cooking latkes, and Rachel is twirling streamers. Soon everything is perfect and the guests start to arrive. The menorah candles are lit and Daddy plays the piano, starting the festivities.

Mommy then tells the story of the Macabees, and afterwards everyone eats latkes and other delicious treats. Next the guests play with dreidels, and the winners of the game are given chocolate gelt.

The fun is just beginning though, because now the special guests arrive. The klezmer band are in the house and the dancing can begin!

In this delightfully festive book, Erica Silverman’s bouncy rhyming text is paired with Steven D’Amico’s vintage style art to give readers a delightful reading experience that is full of holiday traditions, music, dance, and warmth.