Illustrated by Carolyn Croll
Format: Hardcover, 40pp.
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
ever asked a Menorah how it feels about Hanukkah? The answer, of
course, is "TERRIFIC!"' The Menorah is the star of the holiday.
What's more, although it's bright, it keeps getting brighter, a
condition we all aspire to as time goes by! This funny and
appealing story brings all the joy of Hanukkah to its readers.
came to write this book
always like to approach my stories from angles that nobody
else has thought of before. That's why I had so much fun writing
this story. Indeed, its one of the few books that practically
wrote itself. When I came up with the line, "I am bright, but I
could be brighter." I was in heaven! It is a statement that
resonates so deeply with the Jewish love of scholarship. I also
love the artwork for this book too. It's totally happy and
immerses us in every detail of the holiday.
"From the first joyful lines: Hooray for Hanukkah! It's my
favorite holiday. I'll tell you why. I am a menorah! to its
last: I am the brightest I can be! My brave light pushes the
darkness away. All year long, the family will remember my eight
bright days. That's why everyone says, "Hooray! Hooray for
Hanukkah!" This is a smiling, singing book. The happy menorah
chronicles the family's activities during the holiday, saying
each night, "I am bright, but I could be brighter!" and then
rejoicing as another new candle is added. This is a bustling,
participatory family, too, so all the happy faces carry through
the entire story of singing, dancing, blessings, cooking and the
rest. Kudos to Croll for her sunny watercolors and lovable folks
and to Manushkin for her rollicking story."
"A family's menorah chronicles the day-by-day celebration of
the holiday in this sweet-natured story. Croll enhances the tale
with an early 1900s setting."
"A sweetly old-fashioned story of a traditional Hanukkah
celebration, told from the menorah's point of view. The text is
simple yet informative. Visual appeal and a gleeful refrain ('I
am bright, but I could be brighter') make this an excellent read-aloud choice."
School Library Journal
Here is a sketch by the artist as well as
the finished art.
Click the thumbnails for a closer view of each.