Hanukkah Bear

by Eric A. Kimmel

Other authorsMike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
Book, 2014



Call number

BB 247 KIM



Holiday House (2014), Edition: Revised, 32 pages


On the first night of Hanukkah, Old Bear wanders into Bubba Brayna's house and receives a delicious helping of potato latkes when she mistakes him for the rabbi. Includes a recipe for latkes.

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LibraryThing member AllieR93
This funny story talks about the Jewish holiday called Hanukkah. An old lady named Bubba Bryana mistakes a bear for a Rabbi. They do the traditions of Hanukkah, such as light the menorah, play dreidel, and eat potato latke. The holidays are a time to be kind to one another. Once Bubba Bryna
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realized she fed the bear all of her food she was still happy. She was happy to give the bear a good Hanukkah. Not only does this book show aspects of Hanukkah, it also shows to be kind to one another.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Adorable. Includes author's note and recipe for potato latkes. Kimmel's books are illustrated by a wide variety of artists - Wohnoutka is one I def. like.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
When he smells the delicious odor of latkes frying, a formerly hibernating bear heads to the home of Bubba Brayna, an elderly woman whose near blindness and deafness lead her to believe that her ursine visitor is actually the village rabbi come to call. The pair enjoy a visit, complete with
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feasting and games, before the bear heads back to his cave. When Bubba Brayna discovers her mistake, she is not displeased, happy to think the bear had a happy Hannukah as she sets out to make more latkes for the real rabbi and her other guests...

Published in 2013, Hanukkah Bear is a story that first saw print in 1988 in the pages of Cricket Magazine, before being published as a picture-book in 1990, under the title The Chanukkah Guest. According to the brief note on the colophon, this is a slightly revised version of that earlier tale, which was illustrated by Giora Carmi, and is paired in this new incarnation with the artwork of Mike Wohnoutka. The story itself is humorous and heartwarming, while the accompanying artwork is colorful and cute. Comparing the two picture-books, I find the Carmi illustrations a bit more appealing, but these still have charm. Recommended to picture-book readers looking for fun Hanukkah stories.
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Physical description

10.54 inches


082343169X / 9780823431694

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