In Elissa Brent Weissman’s cheerful vacation ebook, “Hannukah Upside Down,” two cousins—one in New York, one in New Zealand—vie to see which of their households has the perfect Hanukkah celebration. For Noah, who lived within the Northern Hemisphere, it was clear and correct that the competition of lights would happen through the winter; for Nora, it’s as easy and acceptable that Hanukkah ought to happen through the summer season, because it does within the Southern Hemisphere. On every of the eight days of Hanukkah, we see the kids discover eight causes for arguing; each evening we additionally see what they’ve in frequent. For instance, on the third day Noah may eat pastrami on rye and Nora might need frozen hokeypokey in a cone, however “they each ate potato latkes, sizzling and contemporary and golden espresso.” Omer Hoffmann’s wistful, cartoon-like illustrations clarify to readers ages 3-8 that rivalry is sweet; there isn’t any query however the cousins love one another (and on the finish of the ebook we see how true that is). Regardless of being on the “reverse aspect of the identical little world,” on the final evening of Hanukkah, for them every thing felt “proper aspect.”
A correct assortment of youngsters’s Christmas books ought to include at the least one illustrated model of Clement C. Moore’s 1822 poem “The Evening Earlier than Christmas.” All types of gifted artists have given this beloved chestnut a crack—Arthur Rackham, Tasha Tudor, Tibor Gergely, Jan Brett—and now Ella Beech takes over in “The Evening Earlier than Christmas” (Folio Society, 42 pages, $60 . On this elegant, slip-cased version (the field has glow-in-the-dark decorations), Moore’s verses are unchanged and start, as earlier than: “ ‘Twas the evening earlier than Christmas, / when the entire home . . . the enjoyable of the story, how the kids are all toiling of their beds dreaming of sugarplums and such, however the pleasant traces and marzipan colours of the illustrations by Ms. Beech brings consolation to an entire new stage. Photographs to step on the mushy, colourful carpets of the sleeping household and to discover the stockings that St. Nicholas left so charmingly wrapped up when he left . . .
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