Hanukkah in Little Havana

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

Celebrate Hanukkah with Family!

Every December, a little girl in Virginia looks forward to receiving a crate of oranges from her grandparents in Miami, but this year is even better. The family is taking a driving trip to visit Nonna and Nonno in Florida! At Nonna and Nonno’s house, they pick grapefruit and oranges under the sun. They dance the salsa and play in the waves at the beach. Best of all, they celebrate Hanukkah together. The girls help Nonna make latkes, and buñuelos stuffed with almonds and guava jelly. It’s eight days of light and love.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Kindergarten
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2022-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017110, JUV011030, JUV013100
Dewey 296.4/35
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 830
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Julie Anna Blank

After a childhood of moving every few years, Julie Anna Blank has enjoyed staying put in her Pacific Northwest home of 30 years, where she is a school librarian. She and her husband hit the road for van life adventures in their Sprinter, most often to visit their two grown sons. Having been a storyteller all her life, Julie is thrilled to see her words in print finally. Hanukkah in Little Havana is her first children's book.

Illustrator: Carlos Vélez Aguilera

Carlos Vélez Aguilera is a professional illustrator based in Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts and has illustrated more than twenty children's books including his graphic novel Salón Destino.

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Publishers Weekly

“Aguilera’s tropically hued illustrations exude the heady joys of a warm climate, holiday home cooking, and unconditional love.”—Publishers Weekly

Jewish Book Council

“Vivid­ly col­ored, high-ener­gy illus­tra­tions and stereo­type-break­ing grand­par­ents com­plete a deli­cious pack­age. Now all we need is a recipe for buñue­los: a fried Hanukkah pas­try in South Amer­i­ca and the Caribbean.”―Jewish Book Council