REVIEW: Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles by David A. Adler, Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
Sara sees an old man pick up a bruised apple from the discarded pile next to the local market. She wonders if he’s hungry, as she eats her own breakfast. She wonders if he’s lonely, as she shares Shabbat dinner with Mom and Grandma. As Hanukkah approaches, a season of light and hope, Sara discovers that tzedakah can be as bright and colorful as a Hanukkah cookie with sprinkles.
A Note for Families provides context about the story and traditions of Hanukkah, and about the meaning of tzedakah, and challenges readers to think about ways they can give tzedakah, too.
Oh, this is charming and the illustrations are wonderful. Young Sara sees an older man who seems to be alone and without a great deal. In helping him, she learns about giving tzedakah to those with less than you have. In inviting him to share first their Shabbat dinners and then their Hanukkah celebrations, Sara, her mother, and grandmother gain a friend – and someone who can teach Sara how to juggle, starting with bits of challah bread. And they’ve got a cat! B