Bedtime, Hanukkah

Goodnight Bubbala By Sheryl Haft

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Back of Book:
This zesty parody of one of America’s favorite picture books offers a very different bedtime routine: one that is full of family exuberance and love. Instead of whispers of “hush,” this bedtime includes dancing and kvelling, and of course, noshing—because this little bunny is a Jewish bunny, and this joyous book celebrates the Jewish values of cherishing your loved ones, expressing gratitude, and being generous.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I was thrilled to see another story published with an emphasis on the Yiddish language.  This language is slowly disappearing and I love how Sherly Haft is bringing it back to life.  She has taken the theme of Goodnight Moon and beautifully retold it using Yiddish words. The story a young bunny as he says goodnight to all the fun aspects of a Hanukkah celebration. Readers young and old will be swept away with the whimsical flow of the words. The illustrations by Jill Weber are sweet and full of detail. The back of the book has a Yiddish to English Glossary, as well as a note from the author and a recipe for latkes. This is a perfect story to share with readers during the Hanukkah season.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

Bedtime

Pippa’s Night Parade By Lisa Robinson

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Back of Book: 

Pippa’s wonderfully wild imagination is perfect for dreaming up wildly adorable creations. But at night, her imagination runs a little too wild. That’s when the villains and monsters and beasts sneak out of her storybooks to scare her. Pippa tries everything: from night-lights to triple knots to clever disguises. But when the baddies keep coming, she realizes she’ll need to come up with something new. To prepare for this battle, Pippa will have to use everything she’s got—especially that wild imagination. Ready or not, here she comes!

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Two Lions Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

  All children have nightmares from time to time and are scared to go to sleep by themselves. Pippa has a wild imagination and becomes frightened of the idea of the monsters from her storybooks coming to life. After she tries everything she can think of, Pippa comes up with a fabulous idea to have a parade of monsters and make them less scary. 

I love that Pippa uses problem-solving skills to find a positive and creative solution to her fears. The illustrations by Lucy Fleming are vibrant and fun. I love the expressions on each character’s face. They go from being scary images to entertaining images. This is a perfect bedtime story that will have kids laughing along the entire time. 

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages