Young Gabi learns about the holiday of Hanukkah along with mastering the skills to ride her gift of a tricycle which she names “Hanukkah”. Although she falls off and hurts her knee, she perseveres when remembering the bravery of the Maccabees, who “didn’t give up” either. Any child learning to ride a tricycle will relate to Gabi’s experience. This picture book is simple to understand, although limited in its detail about the Hanukkah holiday in order to appeal to a preschool audience. The illustrations are rich and colorful and very follow the text clearly. The book may benefit by more information about the reason for, and traditions of, the holiday. It can be read to a two year-old child and read by a good second grade reader. For ages 2 – 5.
Naomi Kramer is a retired reading consultant teacher who developed curriculum for using literature to educate children and adults in the history of the Holocaust. She is a docent and educator at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Education Center of Nassau County.