Children's Book Review of Nonna's Hanukkah Surprise

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Title:  Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise
Author:  Karen Fisman
Illustrations: Martha Aviles
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
ISBN: 9781467734776

Rachel and her family are flying out to spend the holidays with Nonna and the cousins. The only problem is they aren’t celebrating Hanukkah but Christmas instead. Rachel’s parents suggest bringing Hanukkah to them. Rachel’s parents give her a surprise gift of a Hanukkah menorah. Each candle holder was a female Maccabee, which is cool since Rachel could see herself as one if she had been born in that time. Rachel puts her new menorah in her backpack and takes it on the plane. She promises to keep it safe.

Rachel slept the entire flight. She was excited to see Nonna and smell her lovely perfume. Nonna loved the design of her perfume bottles and kept them all. Once at the house the family prepared for the holiday celebrations. It was then that Rachel realized she didn’t have her backpack which meant she didn’t have her menorah. Rachel was very sad and wanted to go home. Nonna asked Rachel to tell her about her menorah and then she had an idea. What do you think Nonna will do to cheer up Rachel?

Author Karen Fisman invites families in to share the holidays. This holiday treat will add warmth to any heart and home. Parents, teachers and young readers will enjoy the festive and cheery illustrations by Martha Aviles. Readers will also learn about Hanukkah and Jewish culture.