by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote
Ages 6-9, 32 pages
Rachel is super excited to celebrate Hanukkah, but her parents remind her that it’s not time yet. Instead, Rachel decides to spread the holiday cheer and visits her neighbor, Mrs. Greensberg. Mrs. Greensberg’s house is always clean and she feels empty all by herself especially during Hanukkah. Rachel wants to make latkes, but Mrs. Greenberg reminds her that it takes work. They get to work, but it soon becomes a messy production as Rachel makes mistakes. As she grates the potatoes, Rachel’s pile falls off the floor. Rachel decides to help clean the mess and begins mopping the floor, but this creates another mushy mess. Mistakes continue, but they finally produce delicious latkes. Mrs. Greenberg never complains, since what’s a little mess between friends. I thought this was a delightful book about how an older woman and young girl celebrate Hanukkah together.