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Is It Hanukkah Yet?
Contributor(s): Barash, Chris, Psacharopulo, Alessandra (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 080753384X     ISBN-13: 9780807533840
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2015

Annotation: From snow on the ground to making applesauce and latkes to lighting the menorah, this sweet, lyrical story shows the seasonal and traditional ways we know Hanukkah is on its way.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Hanukkah; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Hanukkah
- Juvenile Fiction | Religious | Jewish
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2015006361
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Step into Reading
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.75 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 180635
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Chris Barash is the author of Is It Passover Yet? She is an elementary school teacher and lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, where she always looks forward to lighting the candles of Hanukkah with friends and family.Alessandra Psacharopulo lives and works in Milan. She studied fine arts and illustration at Mimaster, where she learned painting and using color.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
"When frosty winds blow and snow's all around / And there's no sign of green on the trees or the ground... / Hanukkah is on its way." In a quiet text, two children eagerly await the holiday, first frolicking outdoors with forest animals, then playing inside. Anticipation builds as the trappings of Hanukkah appear--decorations, guests, a menorah, dreidels. Warm, soft-hued illustrations have an old-fashioned look.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #6)
This quiet rhyming picture book begins with a wintry outdoor scene: "When frosty winds blow and snow's all around / And there's no sign of green on the trees or the ground… / Hanukkah is on its way." Two children eagerly await the holiday, first frolicking outdoors with the friendly forest animals, then playing inside. Anticipation builds as the trappings of Hanukkah appear—decorations, guests, a menorah, dreidels—until finally: "Hanukkah is here!" Warm, soft-hued illustrations of smiling, rosy-cheeked people and creatures resemble those on old-fashioned holiday greeting cards. jennifer taylo Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #2)

Barash and Psacharopulo return to the pastoral, benevolent world of Is It Passover Yet? (Mar. 2015), where even the animals have rosy cheeks. Snow has arrived, and the animals that aren't hibernating are feeling frisky; the siblings from the previous book have plenty of company as they sled down the hill. Soon, relatives arrive to help "stir, fry, and bake/ The applesauce, latkes and cookies we'll make," as well as play dreidel, sing songs, and light the first candle. Psacharopulo's digital landscapes and doll-like characters are as sweet as can be, but because Hanukkah moves around the secular calendar (it famously coincided with Thanksgiving a few years back), it's not as closely tied to sense memories of snow and cold; the evocation of a winter wonderland ends up feeling a mite too Christmas-y. Once the action moves indoors, however, it's haimish all the way. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 October)

PreS-Gr 2—A simple rhyming holiday book that celebrates the coming of Hanukkah. While the opening scenes, which focus on a snowy clime, may not ring true for all young readers, once the action moves indoors there are plenty of predictable preparatory activities included such as making decorations, getting out the menorahs, cooking traditional foods, and counting the number of candles needed for that evening's lighting. The text actually says very little about Hanukkah: "When glitter and paper are spread on the floors/And we hang decorations on windows and doors/Hanukkah is on its way." Nor is there any explanation of Hanukkah's historical origin or the reason it is celebrated with lights. Still, the cheerful illustrations provide some context, featuring a multigenerational family hanging up Jewish stars, making latkes, lighting the menorah, and playing dreidel, culminating with the statement "Hanukkah is here!" VERDICT A pleasant, visually appealing book for those focusing more on celebratory rituals than the religious aspects of the holiday.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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