Thursday, December 13, 2012

Picture Book Review: When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah
Written by:  Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Barbara McClintock
Published by: Scholastic Inc., 1998

* I've owned this book for what seems like forever and finally read it this evening.  My daughter has read it on her own several times since we've had this book for several years now! 

In this story the Kleins, a "little" family live behind the wall in the synagogue.  They need to get a candle for their menorah to celebrate Hanukkah, but Mindy's father hurt his ankle.  Mindy volunteers to get the candle but she has to watch out for the cat.  With a little help from Zayde Mindy shows bravery and helps to save the family's Hanukkah celebration. 

The book contains a glossary at the end for words that the reader may not be familiar with.  The author also includes the recipe for Bubbe Klein's Golden Potato Latkes.

The kids seemed to enjoy this story and enjoyed pointing out all of the clues that the Kleins were little ("The candle is bigger than they are!"). The line that stood out for me the most is whe Mama says, "Heroes come in all sizes. Some are big.  Some are little.  Some lived long ago.  Some live today."  This was a different type of Hanukkah read which we enjoyed.

I own this book.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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