by Deborah Da Costa and Gosia Mosz (Illustrator)
Publication: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2007
Have you ever heard of a Hanukkah Moon? You probably have heard of Hanukkah, but are you aware that there is a moon by the same name? Well, of course, the moon is just a plain moon. But what makes it special is that it comes at the same time as Hanukkah.
Deborah Da Costa has created a beautiful picture book for children with a lot of details about this Jewish holiday. The illustrations by Gosia Mosz add to the delight of the storyline about a visit to Aunt Luisa's house. Aunt Luisa has just moved from Mexico. The explanation of Rosh Hodesh, and its meaning for women, is explored. This is an excellent way to explain some of the traditions and origin (how it started) in an easy-to-understand manner.
The next time you look at the moon around Hanukkah, think that you are looking at "Hanukkah Moon." -- Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 10) for Reader Views Kids