Just Enough Is Plenty: A Hanukkah Tale (Picture Puffins)

by Barbara Diamond Goldin

Other authorsSeymour Chwast (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1990



Local notes

394.268 Gol



Puffin (1990), Paperback, 32 pages. (Purchased 2007). $5.00.


With Hanukkah about to begin, Rivkeh is worried because her family is so poor, but when a poor stranger comes to the door, her generous family cannot turn him away.


Physical description

32 p.; 20 inches


0140507876 / 9780140507874



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Elijah (and the waiting for him) is associated with Pesach from the Jewish holidays. However, in Barbara Diamond Goldin's "Just Enough Is Plenty: A Hanukkah Tale", it seems, he shows up at a Hanukkah table of a poor, but not so poor, family. The family consisting of Malka, Zalman, Mom and Dad (and for the holiday Aunt Hindy and Uncle Shmuel), lives meagerly and this year did not have enough money to invite lots of people, like they usually do. But they are willing to share the little they have with a peddler, who knocks on the door. Their reward is unexpected gifts for the children that the mysterious stranger leaves behind by next morning.

The quality of children book often depends on the energy, time and talent put into its illustrations. Painting with oil is one of the most time-consuming Endeavour in this realm. Nevertheless no less than 14 paintings (of Seymour Chwast) adorn this volume. They, one by one, are worthy to be lost in and get explored and not just by the 4-8 year olds it was written, painted for.
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