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ABC Hanukkah Hunt

ABC Hanukkah Hunt
Tilda Balsley By (author)
Helen Poole Illustrated by
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Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

11.0 X 9.0 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Jewish
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Hanukkah


"It's Hanukkah from A to Z. An Alphabet of things to see!" ABC Hanukkah Hunt is a colorful, interactive, rhyming search for Hanukkah foods, gifts, and symbols.


"Adorably colorful and wide-eyed Jewish family members celebrate Hanukkah in this newest Kar-Ben offering for preschoolers. 'It’s Hanukkah for A to Z. An alphabet of things to see' is the first rhyming couplet … and …. off we go—starting with King Antiochus and the Brave Maccabees, and ending with next Year being Hanukkah again, and ZZZZZZZZ—everyone tucked in bed. The cheery illustrations look as if they come straight off cute greeting cards. The interesting choices of words to highlight each letter differentiates this book from others of the genre, along with the author’s clever way of engaging little ones with fun puzzles and picture searches. When a bit of history is shared, instead of the usual D for Dreidel, the letter appears within rhymes about the Maccabees: 'Freedom won, they celebrated. See the temple Dedicated.' This is a true author-illustrator collaboration that works beautifully. Clever actions and puzzles on the pages keep young readers engaged with the adult sharing the book with them. They may need to follow a maze to find Jerusalem, look for the upside-down Hanukkah banner, or identify which child has a chocolate gelt-smeared smile, among many other simple challenges. All around, a rare treat of a Hanukkah book that children will ask to read more than once." -- AJL ReviewsOther Print

"This is a bright, cheery ABC book with a Hanukkah theme. The clever rhymes have rhythm and meter and touch on all aspects of the holiday. What distinguishes this book from a crowded field, though, is that the reading is an active experience rather than simply a passive pleasure. Each page contains some activity which engages young minds and exercises young brains—something to find, something to mull over, something to choose, something to learn. The illustrations are bursting with color and filled with smiling faces; even the puppy boasts a happy Hanukkah smile! This charmer is recommended for ages 3-8." -- Jewish Book WorldMagazine

Author Bio

Tilda Balsley loves picture books. "I think a well-written and well-illustrated picture book offers as much to the adult reader as it does to the child. And the value is more than the aesthetic pleasure and the emotional power of text and illustration. Reading a picture book with a child is a relationship building experience. Then, of course, there's the literacy bonus for the child..."

Helen Poole graduated with a BA in Illustration from the University of Central Lancashire, where she discovered working digitally and never looked back! She loves to drink tea and sing loudly along to her eclectic music collection as she works.