BY JAN JOHNSTON / DECEMBER 8, 2019
It’s time for another picture book roundup for little ones and the young at heart. Short days and long nights make for perfect reading time, so grab a cozy blanket, snuggle up with your loved ones and dream of sugarplums while sharing these delightful stories.
“Goodnight Bubbala: A Joyful Parody,” by Sheryl Haft and illustrated by Jill Weber.
This is an absolutely delightful adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic “Goodnight Moon.” It opens with these lines: “In the small blue room / There was a bubbala / And a little shmatta / And then, oy vey!, came — / The whole mishpacha!” The “bubbala” is a little bunny, and the “whole mishpacha” is his family coming to visit him in his blue bedroom. After the family eats dinner and sings some songs, the goodnight process begins: “Goodnight room / Goodnight shmatta / Goodnight mishpacha noshing on latkes.” Don’t worry if you and your little ones don’t understand all of the words. A helpful Yiddish/English glossary is included as well as a tasty recipe for latkes from chef, Ina Garten.