Hanukkah Moon

Hanukkah Moon

by Deborah Da Costa, Gosia Mosz
     
 

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When Isobel is invited to Aunt Luisa�s for Hanukkah, she�s not sure what to expect. Aunt Luisa has recently arrived from Mexico. "At Aunt Luisa�s you�ll get to celebrate the Hanukkah Moon," Isobel's father promises. Isobel�s days at Aunt Luisa�s are filled with fun and surprises -- a new camera, a dreidel pi�ata filled with sweets, and a mysterious late night visit to… See more details below

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When Isobel is invited to Aunt Luisa�s for Hanukkah, she�s not sure what to expect. Aunt Luisa has recently arrived from Mexico. "At Aunt Luisa�s you�ll get to celebrate the Hanukkah Moon," Isobel's father promises. Isobel�s days at Aunt Luisa�s are filled with fun and surprises -- a new camera, a dreidel pi�ata filled with sweets, and a mysterious late night visit to welcome the luna nueva, the new moon that appears on Hanukkah. An unusual Hanukkah story with a multi-cultural focus, this title celebrates a little-known custom of the Latin-Jewish community.

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Publishers Weekly

A thin plot nevertheless affords an unusual and inviting glimpse of Mexican-flavored Hanukkah festivities as well as of Rosh Hodesh, or new moon, the first day of the month in the Jewish calendar. Isobel's parents drop her off to spend Hanukkah with Aunt Luisa from Mexico. A banner reading "Feliz Januca" (Spanish for Happy Hanukkah) adorns the living room, and a dreidel piñata awaits in the dining room, although the stylized illustrations-heavy on the golds and purples, skewed in the angles and proportions-cancel out any traces of Mexican or Latin American design elements. The highlight is Rosh Hodesh, by Jewish tradition given to women as an occasion to celebrate; reading about Luisa's party for Isobel and her female photography students from the university, girls may wish they could observe the intersection of Rosh Hodesh with Hanukkah, too. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-With a golden palette and a soft tone, this lovely story highlights a tradition overlooked in most Hanukkah literature. Isobel has gone to stay with her Aunt Luisa, an artist who has just arrived from Mexico. At her aunt's house, everything seems both familiar and different, like a banner that reads "Feliz Januca" hanging over the fireplace, and a dreidel-shaped piñata. Lighting the hanukkiah, eating latkes, and exchanging gifts are familiar, but the story of Rosh Hodesh, the time of the new moon that occurs once a month, and always during Hanukkah, is not. It is the quiet yet meaningful impact that Luisa has on Isobel that makes this book so special, opening her eyes to different ways of seeing and of celebrating, much as this book will give young readers another perspective on ways that Jews from other countries and traditions celebrate familiar holidays. Soothing watercolor and crayon illustrations in shades of gold and purple beautifully convey the affectionate relationship that develops between the child and her aunt. An author's note relates the traditional story of Hanukkah. A rare and worthy choice that will enhance most collections.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
This Hanukkah, Isobel stays with her Mexican Aunt Luisa and discovers a new way to celebrate the festival of the lights. In addition to lighting the hanukkiah (menorah) and eating the traditional latkes and jelly doughnuts, she learns some of the Sephardic or Spanish Jewish customs for the holiday. Aunt Luisa teaches Isobel to say "Feliz Januca" and to sing the dreidel song in Spanish. When Aunt Luisa's three girlfriends arrive, it is the promise of celebrating the Hanukkah moon with the breaking of a dreidel-shaped pi-ata that intrigues Isobel. Together they combine the welcoming of Rosh Hodesh, the first day of the new month, with the appearance of "la luna nueve" (the new moon). Rosh Hodesh is traditionally celebrated by girls and women each month, and the new moon that appears during the Hanukkah week is especially commemorated by Jews in Latin America. Mosz's whimsical Chagall-style paintings of elongated figures with large expressive almond-shaped eyes in combinations of purple and gold hues add a Latino flavor to this gentle and warmhearted story offering a new perspective on an age-old Jewish holiday. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580132442
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Hanukkah Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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