K-Gr. 2. A twist on a familiar carol finds a pink-cheeked, yellow-capped child on a visit to Grandma's, clapping hands as he (or she) sees not a partridge in a pear tree, but a Chanukah "present waiting for me." On each of the seven remaining holiday nights a new item is added to the celebratory countdown: "On third night of Chanukah / I clap my hands to see / Three challahs / Two Maccabees / And a present waiting for me." Adults may want to steer children to the glossary to understand unfamiliar terms such as gelt
; their meanings aren't always evident from the art. In addition, children wanting to count the objects mentioned in the rhyme will need to look closely, as the pictures become increasingly busy as family and friends gather to celebrate. But the familiar rhythm of the words is contagious, and Savadier's freewheeling-art style--at once expressive, mischievous, and joyous--gives a palpable sense of the warm, loving togetherness the holiday inspires in everyone----young and old. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Leslea Newman is the author of fifty books for both adults and children. She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, a Parent's Silver Medal, and a Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Best Book Award. She lives in Massachusetts. Additional information about Ms. Newman and her work may be found at www.lesleakids.com.
Elivia Savadier has illustrated a number of books for children, including Jewish Holidays All Year Round
, which was a National Jewish Book Award Winner and named a Publishers Weekly
Best Children's Religious Book. Savadier was also twice the recipient of the Sidney Taylor Award, given each year by the Jewish Library Association for the best children's book on Judaica. She has also received an American Booksellers's Pick of the List award. She lives in Massachusetts. Additional information about Ms. Savadier and her work may be found at www.savadierstudio.com.