Nonna's Hanukkah Surprise

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Rachel loves visiting her Italian grandmother, even though Nonna celebrates Christmas and Rachel and her parents celebrate Hanukkah. Rachel plans to share Hanukkah with her whole family, so when Rachel’s special hanukkiah goes missing, Nonna steps in to save the day.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017110, JUV033020
Dewey 200
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 660
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Karen Fisman

Karen Fisman started making up her own Jewish holiday stories when her kids were in nursery school. Her previous books include An Adventure in Latkaland and Problems in Purimville.

Illustrator: Martha Avilés

Martha Avilés was born and raised in Mexico City. She has illustrated many children's books including Say Hello, Lily; The Shabbat Princess; and Stones for Grandpa.


AJL Newsletter

“Nonna is the perfect loving grandmother that everyone would hope to have, and Rachel’s parents are beautifully sensitive to her emotional needs. Lovely and softly colorful stylized paintings perfectly illustrate the story.” — AJL Newletter


“References to King Antiochus, panettone, lasagna, and latkes are seamlessly woven into the story, and young readers will readily absorb new information along with affirmations of tolerance and acceptance. Illustrations in muted warm colors create a cozy feel and help make this a lovely addition to the holiday canon.” — Booklist

School Library Journal

" . . . a nicely told tale of a family living comfortably with different religions and traditions." — School Library Journal