Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book

Laura Krauss Melmed, Author, Elisabeth Schlossberg, Illustrator
Laura Krauss Melmed, illus. by Elisabeth Schlossberg, Chronicle, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8118-5552-5
Reviewed on: 10/11/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
This collection of brief, playful poems is likely to inspire countless religious school holiday pageants. As they move through each night, the simple rhymes ("The shammes candle stands up straight,/ A servant and quite proud of it") get a big assist from both Schlossberg's pastels, predominantly in warm shades of pink, purple, and orange, and her tender portrayal of a close-knit extended family caught up in holiday excitement. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
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