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Hanukkah Bear
Contributor(s): Kimmel, Eric A., Wohnoutka, Mike (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0823428559     ISBN-13: 9780823428557
Publisher: Holiday House
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2013
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Annotation: Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at 97, she doesn't hear or see very well, so when a bear arrives at her door, lured by the delicious scent, she invites him in to celebrate Hanukkah with her.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hanukkah; Fiction.
Bears; Fiction.
Old age; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Hanukkah
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
- Juvenile Fiction | Religious | Jewish
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012039288
Lexile Measure: 370
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 161602
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Eric A. Kimmel is known for his folktales and legends from all around the world. He lives in Oregon.

Mike Wohnoutka illustrated Jack's House, by Karen Magnusen Beil, as well as other books. He lives in Minnesota.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
In this revised, newly illustrated edition of The Chanukkah Guest, ninety-seven-year-old Bubba Brayna is known for her delicious latkes but not for her eagle eyes or keen hearing. When a hungry bear stumbles into her home, she mistakes it for the rabbi and treats it like an honored guest. The silly folkloric setup plays out well in the vivacious acrylic illustrations. Latke recipe appended.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #6)
This new edition of The Chanukkah Guest (Holiday, 1990), with different illustrations and revised text, stars "a very clever bear," "a very foolish Bubba Brayna"…and a very confused rabbi. Ninety-seven-year-old Bubba Brayna, known far and wide for her delicious latkes (but not for her eagle eyes or keen hearing), is expecting the rabbi for dinner. When a hungry latke-seeking bear stumbles into her home, she mistakes the creature for the rabbi and treats it like an honored guest (Bubba Brayna: "I'll light the candles. Will you say the blessings?" Bear: "Rrrumph"). The silliness of the folkloric setup plays out well in the vivacious acrylic illustrations with nary a rough edge in sight. A latke recipe is appended. elissa gershowit Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 September #3)

Kimmel (Little Red Hot) revises a story previously published in Cricket magazine and as a 1990 picture book, The Hanukkah Guest, with cheerful new acrylic illustrations from Wohnoutka (Just Like My Papa). The story follows 97-year-old Bubba Brayna as she hosts her rabbi for a Hanukkah meal. With her failing eyesight and poor hearing, Bubba Brayna doesn't realize that a hungry bear, not the rabbi, has appeared at her doorstep, clamoring for fresh latkes. They light the menorah, say the blessings, and indulge in traditional Hanukkah fare. Bubba's remarkable patience as she puts up with the none-too-scary bear's gruffness will amuse readers as they prepare for their own Hanukkah celebrations. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 October)

PreS-Gr 1—Kimmel has pared down his The Chanukkah Guest (Holiday House, 1990) to create this new, reillustrated version for younger readers. Though a bit of the rich language is gone from this much-loved story about 97-year-old Bubba Brayna mistaking a latke-seeking bear for her rabbi, the essence and the humor remain. Bubba Brayna still tries to take the bear's coat, interprets his "grrrowwws" and "rrrrumphs" as the blessing over the Hanukkah candles, and wipes the jam from his "beard" after he finishes his meal. The book was originally illustrated by Giora Carmi; the new acrylic paintings by Wohnoutka have a warm, mirthful quality. Petite Bubba Brayna is rosy and welcoming toward the large honey brown bear, who is more endearing than menacing. Large textured brushstrokes make the snow on Bubba Brayna's roof look like frosting, while inside her cozy house everything has a golden glow. Successful on every level, this holiday favorite is sure to be popular with anyone who appreciates a little humor with their holidays.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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