Hanukkah in Alaska
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
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Hanukkah in Alaska is unlike anywhere else.
Snow piles up over the windows. Daylight is only five hours long. And one girl finds a moose camped out in her backyard, right near her favorite blue swing. She tries everything to lure it away: apples, carrots, even cookies. But it just keeps eating more tree! It's not until the last night of Hanukkah that a familiar Jewish holiday tradition provides the perfect-and surprising-solution.
Barbara Brown has been a newspaper columnist, among other pursuits, before devoting herself to early learning. Hanukkah in Alaska is her first children's book. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Stacey Schuett has illustrated many acclaimed books for children. She lives in Sebastapol, California.
This refreshingly particular Hanukkah celebration effectively encourages readers to gain a new understanding of "miracle."
Brown crafts an informative Hanukkah tale accompanied by lovely acrylic and gouache illustrations by Schuett.
The text incorporates some facts about Alaska, the northern lights, and moose behavior (though do they really love latkes?). Luminous acrylic and gouache paintings reflect the "rainbow on black velvet" that is the aurora borealis.