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Hanukkah Bear

A bear wakes to wonderful smells that leads him to the house of Bubba Brayna. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at ninety-seven, she doesn't hear or see well. When the bear arrives at her door, she believes he is her rabbi.Bubba Brayna and the bear light the menorah, play the dreidel game, and eat all the latkes. The mix-up is revealed, Bubba Brayna has a laugh about it, and everyone works together to make more latkes.The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel (Holiday House, 1990, o.p.) now has a new title, a shorter text, and new illustrations.

Lexile Measure: AD370L (What's this?)

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Holiday House; Revised edition (July 1, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 082343169X

ISBN-13: 978-0823431694

Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches

Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #318,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #57 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Jewish #125 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Jewish #793 in Books > Children's Books > Animals > Bears

Age Range: 4 - 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

Love this story! Love that there is a Bubbie (Bubba) in it! As a kindergarten teacher, I love the elaborate vocabulary used because it provides nice opportunities to discuss new words! My daughter who is almost 7 loves to have this book read to her and thinks it's funny every time! She is now reading it to be with only help with the tough words! Love this story!!

I needed a Chanukah book for my 4-year-old's preschool class, most of whom knew little or nothing about the holiday, and this fit the bill perfectly. Nothing scary (e.g. no goblins), not intensely religious in nature, this story gently and humorously teaches what we do to celebrate Chanukah. I can't comment on missing text from the older version, but this one flows nicely and the kids enjoyed it very much.

Eric once again authors a delightful tale that captures children’s imaginations. Children love to read about animals with human characteristics. In this case, a hungry bear is able to mislead an elderly woman, Bubba Brayna. Even though the illustrations show an energetic woman who is busy dusting and sweeping, Bubba Brayna is labeled as a ninety-seven year old who has lost the use of her senses. When there is a knock at the door, she assumes that her invited guest, the local rabbi, has arrived. Instead, a lumbering bear takes part in her Chanukah celebrations. They light the menorah together, play dreidel, and eat many latkes. Bubba Brayna even ties a red scarf around the bear’s neck.Bubba Brayna realizes her mistake when neighbors stop by after the impostor leaves. The children see the animal’s tracks. The bear’s cleverness outwitted this feeble woman.Eric includes a traditional recipe for latkes and an author’s note that provides basic information about Chanukah.Jews whose ancestors came from Eastern Europe have enjoyed latkes for centuries. Now storybook animals are also indulging.

This book is great for young children who need a basic introduction to the concept of celebrating Hanukkah. The illustrations are whimsical and the story stays true to the classic tale. Our copy of the book arrived in great shape and is loved by my 2 year old son.

Well written and nicely illustrated. Perfect for gifting or keeping. Good length of a story about an adorable bear celebrating Hanukkah.

I bought this as a gift - they loved it

I used to read this to the children at school during Hanukkah--only it was called The Chanukah Guest and had different illustrations. I bought this edition for my grandchildren. I always liked books by Kimmel and so did the children. His books about Anansi the Spider made the children laugh, and they were good when we were doing lessons on folk tales.

A wonderful story that my grandchildren adored. They laughed and giggled and really enjoyed it when I read it to them.

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