Picture Book Review: Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel

Looking for your next read? Check out Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Michael S.

Chanukah, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, is a joyous eight-day celebration. Also called the “Festival of Lights”, celebrants light a candle each night on a candelabra known as a menorah, spin a top called a dreidel and eat fried foods such as donuts and potato pancakes. Chanukah/ Hanukkah-which means "dedication" in Hebrew, commemorates the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E.

Hanukkah Bear introduces the reader to Bubba Brayna, a 97 year old grandmother who, on the first night of Chanukah, has invited the town Rabbi for latkes. Poor Brayna doesn’t hear or see well and mistakes a bear who appears at her doorstep for her beloved Rabbi.

Hilarity ensues as she serves him food, oblivious to his true nature. The bear grunts, growls and eats, well, like a bear. He eventually leaves with a full belly.

After the real rabbi appears for dinner, Brayna laughs at her mistake and enlists her neighbors help to make a fresh batch of latkes. Warm and whimsical illustrations complement this timeless story.

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