Written by by Lesléa Newman
Illustration by Krysten Brooker
Everyone’s heard the poem that starts: “ Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all through the house…”. Well, this book has the story of it’s Hanukkah cousin. In this clever, silly and fun little book, it’s the night before Hanukkah and the whole family is getting ready for the celebration when a dreidel suddenly spins out of control. The glorious illustrations take you through a busy holiday home, a cityscape and then out to the country and up to the stars, all the while, sharing the most exciting and wonderful parts of a Hanukkah celebration.
This book is a delightful way to share the customs that make Hanuakkah such a beloved holiday. Clever rhymes and fanciful pictures are ideal for sharing with families who celebrate Hanukkah as well as classrooms where kids celebrate other holidays and want to know more about this bright and beautiful celebration.
Suggested Reading Level – Preschool and up
When a dreidel that takes off through a boy’s living room, the boy—and readers—are taken on a runaway adventure through city streets and along country roads, where modern times and history blend together in magical ways. This celebration of one of Chanukah’s most fun traditions—spinning the dreidel—is sure to be a welcome addition to this healthy holiday category.