Hanukkah Miceby Steven Kroll, Michelle Shapiro (Illustrator)
While the Silmans are asleep, the mouse family explores the
It’s the first night of Hanukkah, and the mouse family secretly looks on as Mr. Silman lights the first Hanukkah candle. Then they watch Rachel Silman open a gift from her family, a beautiful dollhouse with a wraparound porch and tiny lace curtains. Just the right size for us, whispers Mindy Mouse.
While the Silmans are asleep, the mouse family explores the dollhouse. On each night of the holiday, they enjoy the small pieces of furniture and dishes of food that magically appear. Finally, on the eighth night of Hanukkah, a small miracle occurs, showcased nicely in Michelle Shapiro’s colorful gouache illustrations.
While a family of Big People enjoys a Hanukkah celebration with candle lighting and presents, a friendly mouse family shares in the fun by exploring the little girl's first gift, a dollhouse. On each subsequent night, something new is added to the little house by its owner, whose smiling, moon-shaped face can be seen peering through the windows at her houseguests. Tiny dishes are laden with latkes and applesauce, Hanukkah gelt is piled on the petite dresser, and on the eighth night a miniature menorah appears on the mouse family's table. The highlights of this book are the cheerful gouache illustrations featuring bold flat saturated colors and lots of open space, creating plenty of room for both families to celebrate the holiday. A pleasant choice for all collections.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Meet the Author
The late Steven Kroll wrote more than ninety children’s books, including picture books, non-fiction titles, and novels.
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