Title: Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah
Author: Linda Glaser and Nancy Cote
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company
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Though it’s the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel’s family won’t really be celebrating until next week. But Rachel wants to celebrate now, so she comes up with a good idea: while her parents do errands, she’ll visit her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg, and they can make latkes together. The two head into Mrs. Greenberg’s shiny, tidy kitchen and begin grating the potatoes. But Rachel’s gratings slide off the table and onto the floor. Before long, Rachel has dropped an egg, spilled the flour, and dribbled the oil. Mrs. Greenberg is exhausted, Rachel’s mom and dad are horrified, and Rachel is afraid she’s ruined a friendship by making this terrible mess. She is relieved and delighted to find that Mrs. Greenberg thinks it’s a wonderful mess–her house hasn’t felt so lived-in in years! (Source: Goodreads)
Rachel wants to make latkes for the first night of Hanukkah but her mother doesn’t want to until next week, so Rachel convinces her neighbour Mrs. Greenberg to makes latkes with her, unfortunately Rachel makes a big mess of Mrs. Greenberg’s kitchen.
I thought this book was adorable! The story was cute, the art was adorable, and it just felt like a perfect story to read to kids at Hanukkah. Making latkes is always a messy activity but it certainly does make the house feel like Hanukkah. This is definitely a book I will add to my usual holiday book reads.
The story was highly readable, and would work well for reading it kids because there is quite a bit of repetition that kids would be able to read along with you. The story itself is also a lot of fun, and would make the kids laugh whenever Rachel spills something.
I think the art had a good amount of detail and was really interesting to look at. This would definitely be a fun read for kids because it’s really nice to look at.
I would highly recommend this book for reading to kids at Hanukkah.