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 Hanukkah hunt (Ruby celebrates!)
 Author: Gehl, Laura

 Publisher:  Whitman (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 372794 ISBN: 9780807571750
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Hanukkah -- Fiction
 Judaism -- Customs and practices -- Fiction
 Treasure hunt (Game) -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Ruby's cousin Avital is sad because her mom is going on a work trip during Hanukkah, so Ruby plans an eight-night treasure hunt to ensure Avital has a good holiday. Includes a note about Hanukkah and instructions on playing dreidel.

 Illustrator: Ivanov, O
Ivanov, A

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/22)
   School Library Journal (06/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 06/01/2022 PreS-Gr 2—This engaging multicultural Hanukkah story will work best for families already familiar with the holiday. Ruby's cousin Avital is sad because her mom will be on a business trip during Hanukkah. To cheer her up, Ruby creates a treasure hunt. Each night, she gives Avital a clue, leading her to a different family member's house and a new gift. When Avital's dad nixes a kitten as the final gift, Ruby is stuck—until she discovers that Avital's mom will return the last night, and that becomes the final gift. Avital's family ultimately gives Ruby the kitten instead. Gehl does a nice job of seeding the story with familiar Hanukkah traditions and foods, without distracting from the plot. The illustrations, which are brightly colored, appear to be digital and have a greeting card feel. They alternate between full-bleed single pages and spreads, with close-ups and spot art. The family includes good representation: Avital is mixed race, with a dark-skinned dad and a redheaded mom, and another cousin mentions his "moms." Oddly, Ruby only has one parent mentioned, though the penultimate spread shows an unidentified adult of indeterminate gender. Back matter includes information about the history and traditions of Hanukkah, as well as directions for playing with the dreidel. While this won't work as a Hanukkah primer for the uninitiated, Jewish children will enjoy the embedded traditions, and the plot of the story is engaging. VERDICT A pleasant additional purchase for libraries needing more general Hanukkah books.—Amy Lilien-Harper - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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