Judaica/Picture Book: A Hanukkah Story for Kids


Price: $12.95 Paperback | $6.99 Kindle

56 pages

Age Range: 4-8 years

Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN-13: 978-0990843061 

BISAC Category: Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Hanukkah

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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 balaganin 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


Readers' Favorite

"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

 "This is a very entertaining, enriching, meaningful book. . . . Very well written. Very enjoyable." —Darin Godby

Readers' Favorite

"Blumberg’s story is festive, charming and upbeat, and Renee Andriani’s illustrations fit the mood of the tale perfectly." —Jack Magnus

Jewish Book Council

"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. They then proceed to clean the  kitchen thoroughly because “that's polite.” When Mom and baby brother  return, they know a yummy pie is waiting. Later Father comes home, and  the house is ready for lighting candles, singing songs, latkes, dreidels, partying, and of course eating delicious treats. The story is told in rhyme and is accompanied by color  illustrations showing happy, expressive faces and a cozy, cheerful home.  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

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© 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.

"Little Top, Stop Spinning: A Hanukkah Lullaby"

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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.

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© 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.

"Spinning Tops and Gelt Galore"

© 2016 Margie Blumberg | MB Publishing, LLC | All rights reserved.

Spinning tops and gelt galore

Decorate our festive floor.

Apple pie with jam that's hot,

Latkes too really hit the spot.

Everyone, remember

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.