NO NAPTIME FOR JANIE! A HANUKKAH TALE
It’s a few hours before Hanukkah, and with all the first-night festivities ahead—lighting candles, playing dreidel, eating latkes, and singing songs—Mom thinks Janie should take a nap while she and little Jimmy go on a last-minute shopping trip. Try as she might, though, Janie just can’t shlof, which is exactly what her nana was hoping: she wants to show Janie how to bake a delicious apple pie! Will Nana and her shaina maidel be able to make and fill the crust, bake the pie, try a piece, and clean up the balagan in the kitchen before Mom returns? Find out in this fast-spinning tale!
MORE FUN INSIDE!
An illustrated glossary of Yiddish and Hebrew words • Dreidel game rules • Two new songs for Hanukkah • A recipe for apple pie • Directions for lighting a hanukkiyah
DID YOU KNOW? All of the guests arriving at Janie’s house to celebrate Hanukkah are from our picture book A Gefilte Fishy Tale. Look for them in the final scene. Even Butterscotch, the fun-loving dachshund, is there! You’ll notice, too, that Bubbe Judy is carrying a very large jar of . . . applesauce (to serve with the latkes—the potato pancakes)! What do you think? Will that lid pop off? Or will it be difficult to open, just like the lid in A Gefilte Fishy Tale?
“Togetherness, family connections, celebrating with food, family and friends—it’s an annual tradition observed by millions of Jewish families around the world. Margie Blumberg’s charming children’s picture book story is a real treasure.”
—EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD, READERS’ FAVORITE
“Blumberg’s story is festive, charming and upbeat, and Renée Andriani’s illustrations fit the mood of the tale perfectly.”
—JACK MAGNUS, READERS’ FAVORITE
“This is a very entertaining, enriching, meaningful book. . . . Very well written. Very enjoyable.”
—DARIN GODBY, READERS’ FAVORITE
“Nana is babysitting for Janie the afternoon before the first Hanukkah candle is to be lit, and Janie does not want to take her usual nap. Nana comes up with a better idea—let’s bake an apple pie! The two conspirators, accompanied by the family’s shaggy dog, bake the most “scrumpdillishiest” apple pie ever, making a glorious mess of the formerly spotless kitchen in the process. . . . The book includes a glossary, instructions for playing dreidel, words and music to two songs, a recipe for apple pie, and a mini lesson on how to light Hanukkah candles. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.”
—MICHAL HOSCHANDER MALEN, JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL
“LITTLE TOP, STOP SPINNING:
A HANUKKAH LULLABY”
Little top, stop spinning
Time to rest your head.
Blissful tales are waiting
In your dreams
So off to bed.
Hanukkah fills hearts with joy
We’ll play again tomorrow.
But for now, stop your spinning
The stars are beginning
To twinkle and winkle up above—
Gey shlofn, my sweet
Bundle of love.
© 2016 MB Publishing LLC. Words and Music: Margie Blumberg. All rights reserved. ℗ 2016 MB Publishing, LLC. Vocals by Gwynne Phillips. Sheet music for this song and one other is included in the book.
“SPINNING TOPS AND GELT GALORE”
Spinning tops and gelt galore
Decorate our festive floor.
Apple pie with jam that’s hot,
Latkes too really hit the spot.
Oil that lasted eight days long.
Let’s sing out this happy song,
All together from the start.
Joyfully we play our part,
Dedicated from the heart.
© 2016 MB Publishing LLC. Words by Margie Blumberg; Music: “Ma’oz Tzur.” All rights reserved. ℗ 2016 MB Publishing, LLC. Vocals by Gwynne Phillips. Sheet music for this song and one other is included in the book.
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