The Ninth Night of Hanukkah By Erica S. Perl Illustrated by Shahar Kober

Back of Book:

It’s Hanukkah, and Max and Rachel are excited to light the menorah in their family’s new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing. So now they have no menorah, candles, dreidels, or, well, anything! Luckily, their neighbors are happy to help, offering thoughtful and often humorous stand-in items each night. And then, just as Hanukkah is about to end, Max and Rachel, inspired by the shamash (“helper”) candle, have a brilliant idea: they’re going to celebrate the Ninth Night of Hanukkah as a way to say thanks to everyone who’s helped them!

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Sterling Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review. 

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to attend a city held celebration at Town Hall for Hanukkah. It was a wonderful time of celebrating, eating, and lighting the menorah. Since then, Hanukkah has always held a special place in my heart. 

“The Ninth Night of Hanukkah” by Erica S. Perl is a beautiful story that follows two children Max and Rachel as they prepare to celebrate Hanukkah in their new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing. Each night, Max and Rachel visit their neighbors and ask if they have something similar to what they are missing for their Hanukkah celebration. Each neighbor gives what they have, and their generosity makes Max and Rachel feel more at home. on the ninth day of Hanukkah, a special delivery arrives, which allows Max and Rachel to invite all their new friends and show them how they celebrate this special season. The text teaches readers how to find the best in challenging or new situations and the importance of connecting with your community. The illustrations by Shahar Kober are bright and showcase a diverse group of people all coming together in celebration. The back of the book shares more about Hanukkah and how readers can create their own Hanukkah celebration. This is such a timely and thoughtful story about finding ways to help one another and celebrate with others, even if it looks different this year. 

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages 

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