Eight Is Great

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

The story of a family celebrating Hanukkah is told in clever and whimsical verse.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017110
Dewey 296.4'35
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Features Reviewed


Jewish Book World

“A new Hanukkah board book, told in simple rhyme, Eight is Great shares a family cel­ebrating with a multitude of holiday customs. Each page has two sentences, each with a con­nection to the number eight and the holiday, such as ‘two dreidels with four sides—that’s eight,’ and ‘we’ll give eight presents—I can’t wait’ while ‘dad serves eight latkes from the plate.’ The reader clearly feels an apprecia­tion of close and loving family relationships. Illustrations are colorful, reader-friendly, and age-appropriate. This is the newest entry in the ‘Very First Board Book’ series from Kar-Ben, joining others which teach about Jewish holidays and customs.

Eight is Great is appropriate for the young­est listener, as a read-to. It is recommended for children ages one to four and would be valuable in pre-school classrooms.” — Jewish Book World

Author: Tilda Balsley

Tilda Balsley has written many books for Kar-Ben, bringing her stories to life with rhyme, rhythm, and humor. Tilda lives with her husband and their rescue Shih Tzu in Reidsville, North Carolina.

Illustrator: Hideko Takahashi

Hideko Takahashi, who was born and raised in Japan, graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She has illustrated many children’s books. Her favorite things to draw are kids, bugs, and dogs. She lives in Seattle, Washington.