All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

by Emily Jenkins

Other authorsPaul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator.), Sydney Taylor
Book, 2018



Call number

E 247 JEN



New York, NY Schwartz & Wade books, 2018


The beloved characters from Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family return in this heartwarming picture book from a critically adored team--perfect for Hanukkah gift-giving! "Share this joyous holiday tale of a Jewish immigrant family all year long." -- Kirkus Review, starred review Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with those just meeting the five girls ("all of a kind," as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls' bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out--and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah. First published in 1951, Taylor's chapter books have become time-honored favorites, selling over a million copies and touching generations of readers. In this time when immigrants often do not feel accepted, the All-of-a-Kind Family gives a heartwarming glimpse of a Jewish immigrant family and their customs that is as relevant--and necessary--today as when it was first written. Jenkins and Zelinsky's charming compliment to Taylor's series perfectly captures the warmth and family values that made the original titles classics. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018!… (more)

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LibraryThing member melodyreads
Beautifully done! Illustrations are perfect!!
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
The All-of-a-Kind-Family prepare for Hanukkah in this new picture-book from author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul Zelinsky. As twelve-year-old Ella, ten-year-old Henny, eight-year-old Sarah and six-year-old Charlotte help their mother with various tasks, in order to prepare latkes,
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four-year-old Gertie feels left out, and throws a tantrum. Her mother sends her to her room, where she stays until her father comes home, and gives her something truly important to do: help to light the first candle on their menorah...

Having greatly loved Sydney Taylor's five All-of-a-Kind-Family novels as a young girl, I was both eagerly excited and somewhat nervous about the publication of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah, which featured the cast of those books in an all new adventure. Fortunately, although I wouldn't describe this one as a new favorite, I found it engaging and heartwarming. I don't know that it really convinced me that this was the All-of-a-Kind Family of my youth, but it was still a pleasant holiday tale, one paired with appealing artwork from Zelinsky. Recommended to those looking for engaging Hanukkah stories for the picture-book set, and to fans of the Taylor books.
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039955419X / 9780399554193

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