A Hanukkah with Mazel

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An artist shares his celebration with a new friend.


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Title: A Hanukkah with Mazel
Author:  Joel Edward Stein
Illustrations: Elisa Vavouri
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
ISBN: 9781467781763

Review:

Misha is an artist who lives alone, but does have his old cow Klara. One cold and windy night a cat wandered into the barn. When discovered by Misha he became a caring friend to the cat and named her Mazel. The two shared Misha’s meager party as they prepared to celebrate Hanukkah. Misha was too poor to own candles to light for the holiday, so instead he painted candles each day for his menorah art. One day a peddler came to visit and loved all of Misha’s art, and he was also the original owner of Mazel. The peddler traded money for Misha’s art. What do you think happened with Mazel?


Author Joel Edward Stein has created a gentle story of kindness. Young readers will see that a holiday can still be a happy one even when you don’t have much. It also speaks to how each person has something to offer and share. Easy to read sentence structure and beautifully illustrated, this story shares Jewish culture and the Hanukkah celebration.