Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel

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Back of book: A bear wakes to wonderful smells that leads him to the house of Bubba Brayna. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at ninety-seven, she doesn’t hear or see well. When the bear arrives at her door, she believes he is her rabbi. Bubba Brayna and the bear light the menorah, play the dreidel game, and eat all the latkes. The mix-up is revealed, Bubba Brayna has a laugh about it, and everyone works together to make more latkes.

My Review:  I read this book as a part of my Christmas around the world unit. It is a fun story that explains the different aspects of Hanukkah. Bubba Brayna is a great representation of a grandma like figure who simply wants to feed people and then enjoy the fun of the evening. My students laughed at the idea of a bear coming for Hanukkah and Bubba Brayna not realizing it until the end. Great story that shows children about a different holiday other than Christmas, there is also a great recipe in the back of the book for latkes.

Ages 5 and up

32 pages

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