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Hanukkah Celebration With Fun Picture Book for the Upcoming Holiday Season

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Delightful Story for Celebrating Hanukkah


Creativity Comes Into Hanukkah Celebration With Rachel and Max

Erica S. Perl's The Ninth Night of Hanukkah is a delightful story and picture book to help celebrate Hanukkah during the fast-approaching holiday season. Children like to learn about celebrations in other cultures and this picture book is perfect for introducing the celebration of this holiday to young children. Introduce Hanukkah to children in both Jewish and Christian families.

Rachel and Max's family moved and they have not finished unpacking all of the boxes. Hanukkah is fast approaching and there are many items that are needed for the upcoming holiday that are still in the unpacked boxes. Mom serves pizza on the first night of Hanukkah! What?!!! No latkes? No menorrah? Mom is sure that they will find everything in the unpacked boxes tomorrow. Rachel and Max have to get creative to make a menorah. They have to borrow some candles from the neighbor. They receive their gifts, but there is still no pan for making the latkes. The fourth night of the holiday arrives and they have not found their dreidel in the unpacked boxes. Young readers will see the creativity that comes with making other things work for the holiday when the real items are missing. Sharing with the neighbors also saves the holiday. On the ninth night in their new home a missing box is found and there are lots of missing items in the box. The holiday is one not to be forgotten.

Shahar Kobar contributed his talents as an illustrator with colorful and creative illustrations to help tell the story. The Author's Note is of interest. Erica shares a brief history of Hanukkah. She also shares her inspiration for The Ninth Night of Hanukkah. A creative list of ideas for celebrating your own Hanukkah and the "Shamash Night" in your home is also included.

The Ninth Night of Hanukkah was published by Sterling Children's Books and is recommended for ages 4-9. It has an ISBN of 978-1-4549-4088-3.

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate!

Engaging Illustrations Help Tell the Story

Creativity with making a dreidel

Creativity with making a dreidel

Rachel and Max receive Hanukkah gifts but some items are still missing

Rachel and Max receive Hanukkah gifts but some items are still missing

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The missing box!  Are the needed items for Hanukkah in this missing box?

The missing box! Are the needed items for Hanukkah in this missing box?

Bring Hanukkah Into Your Classroom or Homeschooling Activities for Celebrating

Picture books were always my go-to tool for introducing different cultural holidays to my students. I always included the celebration of Hanukkah even if I did not have any Jewish students. Children always enjoy learning about different cultures, and the holidays are always a fun time to learn about how others celebrate.

Erica Perl's The Ninth Night of Hanukkah offers a delightful story to bring the celebration of Hanukkah into your classroom or your homeschooling activities this year.

*Read The Ninth Night of Hanukkah in a story time session. Call attention to the name of the holiday. Take a class poll of the number of students that you may have in your classroom who celebrate this holiday. Do students have friends who celebrate this holiday?

*Bring items such as a menorrah, a dreidel, and chocolate coins to the classroom.

*Teach students how to play the dreidel game.

*Latkes are a delicious treat during the celebration of Hanukkah. Latkes can be easily made in the classroom if you have an electric skillet. This is a delighful cooking activity for students to participate in. Serve the hot latkes with apple sauce.

*Call attention to the way that the new neighbors helped Rachel and Max and their family by sharing items. How can people help during the holiday this year? Engage the students in a discussion of people who help them everyday. Have children draw or write thank-you notes to a special helper.

*Call attention to the significance of the needed ninth night for Rachel and Max to celebrate Hanukkah this year. How can we be creative when we do not have certain items that we may need at any time?

© 2020 Cindy Hewitt

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