I know what you’re wondering. It’s the post before Christmas and I’m reviewing a book about different holiday? Yes, I am. Because I adore this book and I read it to my daughter even though we celebrate Christmas, because picture books are a wonderful way to teach diversity. All the more perfect if you are reading this and you celebrate Hanukkah. You should definitely get this book for your little ones.
Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel! is a sing-along picture book I found in the Scholastic choices for my child. It is based off a classic Hanukkah song. You can go online and listen to examples of how the song is sung. It is shaped like a dreidel and the illustrations are just perfect for the style of the writing.
Each page shows a different woodland family celebrating Hanukkah, and with the progression of the book more candles on the menorahs are lit. The menorahs for the families are depicted creatively and with personality. The children are all spinning their dreidels while other family members are gathering with delicious food. Each picture captures the fun surrounding holidays.
I enjoyed sitting with my daughter and teaching her how to say dreidel and menorah and explain what they were and that it was for a holiday called Hanukkah. I want her to be educated in many holidays, traditions, and cultures. It’s important to recognize and acknowledge them. This creates respect and empathy in children.
I recommend adding this book to your holiday reading. It’s fun, the illustrations are beautiful, and it’s a great way to teach your little one a little about Hanukkah whether or not you celebrate it.
Happy Holidays to all, I hope this season has been and continues to be wonderful for you!
And a very Merry Christmas to those who will celebrating on Tuesday!