Friday, November 18, 2016

Book Review: A Hanukkah with Mazel by Joel Edward Stein, Illustrated by Elisa Vavouri

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Misha has a great skill of painting, although not many people in his town can afford his paintings. He lives off potatoes he grows in his garden and milk from his cow. One day an adorable cat finds her way into his barn and snuggles up beside his cow Klara. Klara doesn't mind at all. Misha finds the cat in the barn and immediately takes her in. He names her Mazel since he thinks the cat is lucky to find him. He doesn't have much food to share with her but he finds a way to spare some potatoes and milk. One day an unexpected visitor comes to Misha's house and solves many problems for both Misha and Mazel.

To me this book does a great job of showing how a person can celebrate Hanukkah with animals and that they make the time less lonely for them. It also shows that a Hanukkah meal can be created from just potatoes, salt, pepper, and oil. I like that the book teaches about how a poor person can give out of what little he/she has. It also shows that when people give without expecting anything in return they can be blessed beyond what they can ever imagine.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of providing an honest and unbiased review.

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