Hanukkah MoonWhen Isobel is invited to Aunt Luisa’s for Hanukkah, she’s not sure what to expect. Aunt Luisa has recently arrived from Mexico. “At Aunt Luisa’s you’ll get to celebrate the Hanukkah Moon,” Isobel’s father promises. Isobel’s days at Aunt Luisa’s are filled with fun and surprises—a new camera, a dreidel piñata filled with sweets, and a mysterious late night visit to welcome the luna nueva, the new moon that appears on Hanukkah. An unusual Hanukkah story with a multicultural focus, this title celebrates a little-known custom of the Latin Jewish community.
This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.
- Pub Date
- Kar-Ben Publishing
- Age Range
- 4 - 8
“This Hanukkah, Isobel stays with her Mexican Aunt Luisa and discovers a new way to celebrate the festival of the lights. In addition to lighting the hanukkiah (menorah) and eating the traditional latkes and jelly doughnuts, she learns some of the Sephardic or Spanish Jewish customs for the holiday. Aunt Luisa teaches Isobel to say ‘Feliz Januca’ and to sing the dreidel song in Spanish. When Aunt Luisa’s three girlfriends arrive, it is the promise of celebrating the Hanukkah moon with the breaking of a dreidel-shaped piñata that intrigues Isobel. Together they combine the welcoming of Rosh Hodesh, the first day of the new month, with the appearance of ‘la luna nueve’ (the new moon). Rosh Hodesh is traditionally celebrated by girls and women each month, and the new moon that appears during the Hanukkah week is especially commemorated by Jews in Latin America. Mosz’s whimsical Chagall-style paintings of elongated figures with large expressive almond-shaped eyes in combinations of purple and gold hues add a Latino flavor to this gentle and warmhearted story offering a new perspective on an age-old Jewish holiday.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the author
Deborah da Costa
Deborah da Costa has graduate degrees from Ohio State University and Columbia University. Her first picture book Snow in Jerusalem (Albert Whitman & Company) received many honors. She enjoys traveling around the country speaking to students of all ages about reading, writing, and the many fascinating cultures of the world. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three cats.