Hanukkah Haiku

by Harriet Ziefert

Hardcover, 2008



Local notes

394.2 Zie



Blue Apple Books (2008), 36 pages.(Jan 2017). $18.00.


Hanukkah Haiku is a cultural crossover that pays off: a traditionally Japanese poetic form used to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah. There's one haiku for each night, and stepped pages add one candle to the menorah every time the page is turned. The simple poetry is set off perfectly by Karla Gudeon's vibrant, freewheeling artwork. A perfect gift, or good to reread each year, Hanukkah Haiku is a jubilant, unforgettable journey through the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Original language


Physical description

36 p.; 11 inches


1934706337 / 9781934706336



User reviews

LibraryThing member matthewbloome
This book of haiku won't redefine the genre, but it works as a simple introduction to the poetic form.
LibraryThing member BeckieZimmerman
This story stood out to me on the shelves because I am actually teaching a lesson about haikus in my internship next week! This is a poetry picture book for students 1st through 2nd grade. This was a great book describing all of the eight nights of Hanukkah, all in haikus. What I really think is awesome about this book is the formatting of the pages. The illustrations are very fun and colorful, and would definitely catch the eye of a young reader, and it used layering page flaps that lit the candles one page at a time on a big menorah. I thought this was a really cool way to demonstrate the lighting the candles tradition throughout the story. I also liked that they incorporated additional aspects of Jewish traditions throughout the story, like food and language. The whole story is told through poetry, which I believe could leave some readers unclear of some information about Hanukkah, but luckily the book provides an excerpt after the book that summarizes why Jewish people light the candles on Hanukkah, what their tradition represents, and even some prayers they say along with the translations. I thought this was an awesome example of a multicultural text, and definitely gave some insight to a different culture! The central message of this book is informing students of the Hanukkah tradition.… (more)




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