cover image Nathan Blows Out 
the Hanukkah Candles

Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

Tami Lehman-Wilzig with Nicole Katzman, illus. by Jeremy Tugeau. Kar-Ben, $17.95

Jacob has an autistic brother, Nathan, whose repetitive and unusual behaviors get on Jacob’s nerves. They also embarrass him in front of his new friend, Steven. But when Steven makes fun of Nathan, Jacob comes to his brother’s defense. In the end, both Steven’s and Jacob’s families learn to enjoy a new way of celebrating Hanukkah. This is a commendable attempt to reflect what is a reality for many families today. Tugeau’s illustrations help lighten the story. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)