Hanukkah Bear Review (Holiday House)

What It Is

A bear wakes to a wonderful smell that leads him to the house of Bubba Brayna. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at 97, she doesn't hear or see well. When the bear arrives at her door, she believes he is her rabbi in a fur coat. Through a very funny chain of events, she plays dreidel with the bear and feeds him all of her latkes. The full and sleepy bear heads home and minutes later, there is another knock at her door. Who's there? The real rabbi, of course, and all the townsfolk ready to have some yummy latkes.

Is It Fun?

This is a hilarious story with fun illustrations, no matter what winter holiday you celebrate. The kids should giggle at all of Bubba Brayna's mishaps.

Who It’s For

Hanukkah Bear is fantastic for any age, with four to eight as the sweet spot.

What To Be Aware Of

This book is an update of Mr. Kimmel's The Chanukkah Guest with a new title, shorter text and updated illustrations.

  • Quality

  • Read-it-Again Score

  • Fun-and-Learning

  • Hanukkah Bear published by Holiday House
  • Written by: Eric A. Kimmel
  • Illustrated by: Mike Wohnoutka
  • We recommend this book for kids ages 4 and up