Latkes and Applesauce

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Traditionally in the cool of winter, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is celebrated with the lighting of candles and feasting on latkes and applesauce. Written for children, the author draws on those emotions that grip the youngster’s attention. A young loving family, father and mother, brother and sister, displayed in the golden glow of candlelight, lack the potatoes and apples required for the ritual servings. Unexpectedly, a stray dog and a lost cat enter the dwelling, and lo and behold, these adopted pets lead them to hidden supplies of potatoes and apples allowing the holiday meal to take place.

Family warmth and solidarity knit the story together with the holiday background explaining the significance and marvel of the duration of the oil used to dedicate the recovered temple and the dreidel symbols representing the miracle of the event. The bewitching snowy background drawn in dazzling ultramarine blue with snow crystals catches the eye and contrasts happily with the warmth of the more golden home scenes. This is a classic holiday piece for parents to enjoy with their children.

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Author Fran Manushkin,Kris Easler
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Charlesbridge
Publish Date 27-Sep-2022
ISBN 9781623541569 Buy this Book
Issue December 2022
Category Children's