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Hanukkah Moon by Deborah Da Costa

Hanukkah Moon

by Deborah Da Costa

Other authors: Gosia Mosz (Illustrator)

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Isabel is unsure of what Hanukkah is so she is invited to go to her aunts to learn about the tradition's that hanukkah has and stays up late so she can welcome the new moon.
  KinseyHill | Mar 11, 2015 |
Isabel goes to her aunts house for Hanukkah. Isabel learns a lot of new things she did not know about hanukkah and the traditions her family had.
  Abbyoz | Mar 2, 2015 |
Isabel is invited to her aunts for Hanukkah and isn't sure what to expect but ends up learning about Hanukkah, its rituals, and has a night outing to greet the new moon.
  theazanclaire | Feb 22, 2015 |
Hanukkah Moon is a quite well-written book with beautiful illustrations. It also shows some cultural diversity. But I was hoping for *Jewish* cultural diversity too when I ordered this book. Instead, where Hanukkah Moon could quite naturally have given the reader some insight into Sephardi Judaism, it comes through as a Yiddish-Ashkenazi story with dreidelech, latkes, yarmulkes on a bit of generic Spanish backdrop. What a great chance lost.... ( )
  alnakka.net | Feb 11, 2014 |
Isobel's Hanukkah visit to her Aunt Luisa, newly arrived from Mexico, provides both a heart-warming family reunion, and an educational foray into holiday traditions previously unknown to the young American girl, in this lovely picture-book from Deborah Da Costa and Gosia Mosz. With a homemade hanukkiah (the Hanukkah menorah) inspired by Noah's Ark, greetings and songs in Spanish - Feliz Januca, rather than "Happy Hanukkah," Trompo, trompo, trompo, lo hice de barro, rather than "Dreidel, dreidel, driedel. I made it out of clay" - a driedel-shaped pinata to break, and (most of all) a party to celebrate Hanukkah Rosh Chodesh - the Hanukkah new moon - Isobel finds that Aunt Luisa doesn't celebrate the Festival of Lights like anyone else she knows, and that this is a wonderful thing!

I enjoyed Hanukkah Moon a great deal, finding it both an engaging family story, in which a girl and her aunt become better friends, and an educational exploration of holiday traditions with which I was unfamiliar. Like Isobel, I had never heard of Rosh Chodesh before, or the tradition that each new moon is a woman's holiday, to honor the women who refused to contribute their gold, when the (male) Israelites were building a golden calf to worship. The illustrations, done by Polish artist Gosia Mosz - who, sadly, does not appear to have any other titles available in English - are simply beautiful, with an appealing color palette (lots of purples and yellows) and a distinctive, stylized sensibility that is very expressive. I liked the faces here (and Aunt Luisa's cat, Paco!), and I liked the composition of each two-page spread. All in all, this is a wonderful book, one with great narrative and illustrative appeal, and one which I recommend to any young reader looking for quality Hanukkah titles. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 24, 2013 |
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When Isobel visits her Aunt Luisa at Hanukkah, she not only has a wonderful time, she learns some new things about this special holiday.

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