Four Tiny Tot Hanukah Books

Sol Scharfstein, Author, Arthur Freedman, Illustrator Ktav Publishing House $6.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-88125-226-2
Just right for little hands, these colorful board books hit the spot for gift giving before or during Hanukah. Although each book has but six sides of rhymed information, Scharfstein manages to pack a lot in, as exemplified by I Am a Latke, which offers a quick, happy recipe (""Peel that potato!/ Snip, snip, snip!/ Chop that potato!/ Rip, rip, rip./ Add eggs,/ salt and onions too./ Mush it and squish it./Goo, goo, goo!''). Other titles are I Am a Draydel, I Am Hanukah Gelt and I Am a Hanukiah (a menorah). Occasionally, outside background is helpful, such as knowing that ``tzedakah'' is charity giving, or why the Hanukiah is lit from right to left. Older children and parents may have to step in with the details. Ages 3-6. (December)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1987
Release date: 12/01/1987
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