Hanukkah Story That’s Great for 3-6 Year Olds

Book Cover for Maccabee! The Story of HanukkahWhile this may look like some kind of crazy, action hero version of the Hanukkah story, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Tilda Balsley does an amazing job of distilling the Hanukkah story for the 3 to 6 set. With rhyming text, we learn the story behind the Festival of Lights. Antiochus, Mattathias and his five sons, and the re-dedication of the temple are all part of the story. Though it does get a little hokey in places, this is the first story that I’ve seen that gives a good background to why Hanukkah is celebrated and the history behind it. Balsley’s approach and Harrington’s illustrations are less lesson or lecture style and much more storytelling.

Maccabee! The Story of Hanukkah by Tilda Balsley, illus. by David Harrington; Kar-Ben Publishing; 7.95; Ages 3-6

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