November 15, 2012
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
We can’t very well have Merry Christmas Dinosaurs without also having Happy Chanukah Dinosaurs and the Chanukah variety threaten just as much mischief as their Christmas cousins. From a Ichtostega who writes his own name on each and every gift card to the Arizonasaurus who melts the chocolate coins in his hot little hands, these dinosaurs definitely show Jewish children how not to behave.
As everyone knows, the holidays are a tough time for our energetic children who want so badly to behave that they get a little nutty when they fail. Telling this story with dinosaurs instead of children gives the children the distance they need to laugh at behavior that probably seems way too familiar to more than a few of them.
As much as I loved both of these holiday books, I have to say that I actually liked the Chanukah book better.
Consider giving it to the Jewish dinosaur lover on your very own gift list. You’ll have a fun rhyming story that you can read together each of the eight holy days of Chanukah.