BY GLORIA GOLDREICH / NOVEMBER, 2019
Gleeful stories celebrate Hanukkah, and lively literary adventures and vivid illustrations become conduits to learning Yiddish and American culture and history. As always, Kar-Ben Publishing has the most titles, but there are a few surprises: a new stateside imprint that is releasing children’s books to “nurture the imagination” as well as a new publisher in the United Kingdom that is retelling Jewish tales.
Goodnight Bubbala By Sheryl Haft. Illustrated by Jill Weber (Dial Books for Young Readers, 32 pp. $17.99) Latke recipe by Ina Garten
Sheryl Haft has written a warm and loving Yiddish take on Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. Riotous art by Jill Weber envisions the entire mishpacha trooping into the bedroom to delight in a “shayna punim” and give “a kiss on the keppeleh.” There is dancing and yelling, singing and kvelling. noshing and kvetching—and especially on this Hanukkah night, there are a menorah and dreidel, latkes and gelt. After reading Goodnight Bubbala, you will remember the iconic book in a whole different way. There is a Yiddish-English glossary for Yiddish newbies. Ages 2 to 5.