Saturday, December 11, 2010
Two Recommended Older Books for the Holidays
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel and Allen Say's Tree of Cranes. In the first book, Hershel of Ostropol is tired and hungry as he approaches a small village on the first night of Hanukkah. He is surprised to see that there are no menorahs in the windows. It seems the village has a problem with goblins who don't like Hanukkah. The fast thinking Hershel is up to the challenge of defeating the goblins and bringing happiness to the village. The second book is a biographical tale from the wonderful Allen Say. It is the story of his first experience with Christmas during his childhood in Japan. Say's mother brings in a small pine from the garden and decorates it with paper cranes and candles while sharing her experiences as a small child in California. This book is an understated beauty that extols the peace of this holiday.