After posting one of the incredible poems of the Karen Hesse/
Brian Pinkney Hanukkah book, THE STONE LAMP last Friday,
I was away for the weekend with my hubby on a delayed & delicious
anniversary trip to the coast. It was accented with lighthouse
lights, not Hanukkah lights & by long walks on near-wild beaches.
So – I’m late in posting the second part of that column & I’m
eager to make the rounds of Poetry Friday columns from the first Friday
of this festive month. I’m alsp part of Heidi Estrin’s round
up of Hanukkah columns, so for Heidi I’ll add – #Readukkuh.
Along city streets or in country village homes menorahs in
windows through Dec. 13 are a special sight.
So I have a video treat for this season. I’m of Christian
faith, with an interest in some other faith’s ways of worship. I
feel that we all deserve the advantage of knowing about a variety of
holiday faith traditions. Especially so for children, who are likely
to wonder about new ways when overheard at school or when visiting new
friends. I’m also researching my Holocaust-topic illustrated
manuscript, finding myself immersed in all manner of good books on
I’m tickled to share a lively animated children’s menorah story,
read engagingly from the book, which was written Barbara Brown.
It’s fun to see the clever animation of the mighty fine book
illustrations Stacey Schuett created for HANUKKAH IN ALASKA.
The animator is Jacqueline Godsey. It puts a whole new spin
The video comes to us via a volunteer literacy organization I love
deeply – BookPALS. (I’m lucky to have many years experience reading in
schools for BookPALS.)
Here are more Hanukkah picture book titles I’m happy to share:
BEAUTIFUL YETTA’S HANUKKAH KITTEN
by the husband and wife children’s literature team of Daniel
Pinkwater (author) & Jill Pinkwater (artist.)
HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY HAPPY CHANUKAH?
by the team who bring us all these fun dinosaur
visits – Jane Yolen (author) & Mark Teague (artist)
by Eric Kimmel & Mike Wohnoutka
Thank you Diane Mayr for the Hanukkah Bear recommendation and I like it that it was already on my list. Diane also thoughtfully suggests LATKES and APPLESAUCE by Frank Manushkin.
I appreciate Buffy Silverman’s idea to look for HANUKKAH GHOST & HERSCHEL and the HANUKKAH GOBLINS, which are also by Eric Kimmel.
And I’m grateful to Liz Steinglass for mentioning her family’s
fun in reading THE MIRACLE OF POTATO LATKES by Malika Penn.
Now, here is a light of the coast kind, with my wishes for bright & peaceful December lights, to all. It is from our area’s historic
Crooked River Lighthouse, a treat to visit in Florida’s Panhandle.