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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  439 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The beloved characters from Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family return in this heartwarming picture book from a critically adored team--perfect for Hanukkah gift-giving!

Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Schwartz & Wade
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While how in All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah Emily Jenkins (narrative) and Paul O. Zelinsky (accompanying illustrations) describe and portray Hanukkah celebration (including their religious and cultural significances in and for Judaism) have been both textually informative and visually delightful (with especially Zelinsky's illustrative layout of the All-of-a-Kind Family's 1912 New York City tenement apartment being very much and personally appreciated), I do have to admit that in particular Mama' ...more
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I would have enjoyed this more had it not attempted to be part of the All-of-a-Kind Family series. I agree with other reviewers, such as Manybooks and Cheryl, that the mother is not portrayed her as I remember her from the books (she would have been more compassionate and more imaginative in finding a way for Gertie to be included in the preparation of the latkes, IMO, and moreover I think it would have been natural for a girl of four years old to have had something useful to do in the k ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah would be a pretty good book if it weren't attached to the famous series. I agree w/ Gundula that it's out of character for Mama to be so impatient with her little one... and at age four there certainly is something that Gertie could have done. But as a stand-alone story, well, lots of mothers do get stressed, especially five children in seven years, immigrants in the city, etc... I think this story is actually more realistic than Taylor's originals.

I like the illust
Gertie throws a tantrum after being told repeatedly that she's too young to help with the Hanukkah preparations. As always, Papa is the voice of reason, and calms her down, and, of course, the family celebrates a lovely holiday together.

It's always nice visiting with these characters, though I'm not sure why anyone thought we needed this book. It's much more of a treat to pick up and revisit the original classics.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The All-of-a-Kind Family books were one of my absolute favorite series when I was a kid. I nearly wore the pages out, reading them over and over again and I remember what an enormous treat it was when we'd go to Brentano's Book store in Chicago where I could actually BUY the next in the series.

Thank you Emily Jenkins and Paul Zelinsky for this sweet and wonderful treat - a lovely visit with these dearly loved characters. I was not disappointed as this artistic team has absolutely captured the sp
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It's Hanukkah on New York's Lower East Side in 1912. Young Gertie, who is four, is very excited about all of the preparations that her parents and four older sisters are making. Making latkes is especially intriguing, since they are made only once a year. Gertie wants to help, but the others tell her it is too dangerous and she should read her library books instead of trying to help out. Angry, she goes to the next room to hide, thinking they will be sor
The All-of-a-Kind-Family prepare for Hanukkah in this new picture-book from author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul Zelinsky. As twelve-year-old Ella, ten-year-old Henny, eight-year-old Sarah and six-year-old Charlotte help their mother with various tasks, in order to prepare latkes, four-year-old Gertie feels left out, and throws a tantrum. Her mother sends her to her room, where she stays until her father comes home, and gives her something truly important to do: help to light the first cand ...more
Marjorie Ingall
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-3-6, kids-4-8
I wanted to dislike this SO MUCH! HOW DARE THEY MESS WITH GENERATIONS OF JEWISH WOMEN'S CHILDHOOD MEMORIES?? Yeah, no worries. Jenkins and Zelinsky NAILED IT. What an accomplishment, especially given the weight of expectations among ha'mavin yavin (those who know, know). Review at Tablet Magazine. ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hanukkah, 1912, little 4 year old Gertie anxiously awaits their annual latkes while getting a reminder on the season's rituals and history. Her four sisters and mother are making preparations for the feast, dicing, peeling, grating, frying and Gertie wants to be a part of the humm, but her mother deems the tools too sharp and the grease too hot for inexperienced hands. A tantrum ensues and she is banished to her room until her father comes home and entices her out from under the bed with a promi ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely picture book about a much-loved series for kids that was written almost 70 years ago. Sweet story, telling of Hanukkah traditions, a large Jewish family at the turn of the 20th century, and particularly the making of latkes. Not super crazy about the illustrations, for some reason....
This was a delight to read! I grew up on All of A Kind Family so this was sheer nostalgia for me! I am already looking forward to sharing it someday with a grandchild. Gertie is the youngest and just too little to help! She ends up throwing a temper tantrum and Mama leads her to the bedroom to wait till the holiday meal is ready. Eventually Papa comes in from work (I'm assuming...that generation didn't take time off for much of anything!) and asks the pillow and other objects where Gertie was. T ...more
Kit Feral
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a lonely only I remember well reading books about this big family and wishing to be in it. This book is a sweet homage.
Feb 03, 2018 added it
I LOVED this series growing up. I LOVE Emily Jenkins books. How can this not be amazing?
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book. Every Jewish child aged 8 or younger should have it in his or her library, and every school or children's librarian should add this to their Hanukkah collection.

The year is 1912, and in the tenements of Manhattan's Lower East Side, families are preparing for Hanukkah. Gertie, the protagonist of this story, is the youngest of 5 siblings, all girls -- all of a kind, says their father. She's 4, and frustrated that she cannot help her mother and sister
Gertie and her sister Sarah head home for dinner on the first night of Hanukkah in 1912. Since Gerties is only four, she has only vague memories of how the family celebrates this important holiday. Her four sisters get right to work on the meal preparations once Gertie arrives home. Although she's eager to help, she is rebuffed at every turn because she might hurt herself. When she throws a tantrum at being left out, her mother puts her in her room to calm her down. Gertie is sure that time will ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbnf-300-holiday
I loved these books as a child. This is a worthy addition to the series. I really liked this story of a family's busy preparations for their Hanukkah celebration. It seemed that Mama was particularly stressed during this story for some reason, but she could have found something simple for Gertie to do. But Papa saves the day by letting her help him. I loved Zelinsky's illustrations, with all the details of life in the early 1900s. ...more
Alex  Baugh
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
t's Hanukkah 1912 on the Lower East Side of NYC and the five all-of-a-kind girls, Ella, 12, Henny, 10, Sarah, 8, Charlotte, 6, and Gertie, 4, are very excited. Hanukkah means lightening the Menorah and eating Mama's wonderful latkes with applesauce that she only makes once a year. Everyone is busy with preparing the ingredients for the latkes except Gertie, who's still just a little too young. Mad, Gertie storms off to the bedroom and hides under the bed. She's sure that they'll be sorry when th ...more
Tina Hoggatt
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Emily Jenkins perfectly captures the family warmth and setting of the beloved All-of-a-Kind novels while cleverly showing the reader all of the aspects of the Hanukkah celebration as the story develops. Firmly placed in the point of view of Gertie, the youngest sister too little to help with latke preparations (sharp peeler, hot oil). Her stormy tantrum banishes her to her bedroom as her sisters set the table and finish preparing dinner. Gertie hides under her bed and we experience the pathos at ...more
Lovely slice-of-life, early 20-century immigrant city life.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! The illustrations, the characters, the beautiful story of family and traditions and heritage...and the realities of living in a big family.
Jennifer Rutherford
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
My girls and I love the All-of-a-kind family. This was a cute picture book introduction of that great chapter book series.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because they make and make latkes. One person (Gertie) is four and she can help... no, she cannot help with anything.
Susan Morris
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I loved the All-of-a-Kind Family books when I was a kid, so I was excited to see a picture book version. A very good book, with beautiful illustrations. (Library)
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of The All-of-a-Kind Family, and the author and illustrator who brought this wholesome entertaining family back to life, it is a pure delight. Especially with precocious Gertie and those gorgeous bold illustrations accompanying the gentle tale! It makes a perfect read aloud as a holiday story, and shares how life was for Jewish immigrants in the 1920's. ...more
Andrea Pershing
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
This book really drew me in with many connections to my own family! In the book Gertie (our main character) struggles with wanting to help out in the kitchen with her mom and her four big sisters. The problems arise when Gertie's mother prevents her from this, by not allowing her to use sharps kitchen utensils or be near bowling water. Gerties then throws a fit and is sent to her room. I connected to this because I constantly felt the urge to be in the kitchen when I was young with
Sandy Brehl
This picture book extends the classic ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY novel series into a charmingly specific holiday celebration event. The historic context and Hanukkah preparations are so thorough and engaging that readers need not be familiar with either the foundational characters and stories nor the customs of Hanukkah celebrations. This flowing language and the loose-but specific illustrations serve the story of a youngest child struggling to participate and help, but unable to do either because she ...more
Laura Cobrinik
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily Jenkins', "All-Of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah" is a delightful, romantic Hanukkah picture book that takes her readers back to the East Side of New York and inside the home of a family with five girls ranging in age from 4-12.
This story centers around Gertie, the youngest at 4, who is very unhappy that her older sisters, i.e. Ella (12), Henny (10), Sarah (8) and Charlotte (6), all keep on telling Gertie that she is too young to help in making the potato latkes or "potato pancakes."
As Jenkins s
First sentence: When darkness comes, it will be the first night of Hanukkah, 1912.

Premise/plot: This new picture book stars Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind family. It is set in New York City in 1912 during Hanukkah. It is told from the perspective of the youngest sister, Gertie.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It has been years since I read the All-of-a-Kind family series. I remember reading them as a kid. And I have definitely reread the first book since I've started blogging. Reading this
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I usually don't put juvenile picture books into my Goodreads shelves, but I feel this should be an exception. I loved the original All-of-a-Kind Family books when I was younger. They introduced me to Jewish culture, and it's how I came to learn about New York City's Lower East side. This book also conveniently fits into the PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt for "A Book that Makes You Nostalgic". ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story begins on the first night of Hanukkah in 1912 in the Lower East Side of New York City. Gertie, who at age 4 is the youngest of five children, is excited because her family will have latkes for dinner, though she can’t even remember what they taste like, since they only have the potato pancakes on Hanukkah.

All the other children are helping Mama prepare the latkes, but Mama won’t let Gertie be involved: the kitchen tools are too sharp, and Mama is afraid she will be hurt. Gertie throws
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Emily Jenkins is the author of many books for children, including the recent picture books Tiger and Badger, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, and Princessland, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. Her chapter books include the Toys series, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; she is co-author of the Upside-down Magic series. Emily Jenkins lives in New York City.

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