Posted by: jeannineatkins | December 5, 2007

Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale

It’s bitter cold and snowy here and while there are no menorahs in our house, I’ll take any winter celebration that writers are kind enough to let me borrow. I’ve got tea and a wonderful picture book by Sarah Lamstein: Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale (illus. Neil Waldman). The imagery is gorgeous; I love how we see, in words and pictures, the olive trees at the beginning, then changed at the end. I love her subtle take on miracles. I remember first reading this on another snowy day years ago when the words were just type on paper, knowing that this was going to be a real and wonderful book, and not yet knowing I was beginning a friendship with the witty, wise, and warm Sarah. There’s wonder and joy enough for me. Whatever tradition is yours, you’ll find hope and cheer from Sarah’s retelling of a folktale about gifts, faith, and friendship.


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