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The Ninth Night of Hanukkah

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A heartwarming picture book with a fresh twist on a Hanukkah celebration: celebrating a ninth night with new neighbors and friends!
It’s Hanukkah, and Max and Rachel are excited to light the menorah in their family’s new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing. So now they have no menorah, candles, dreidels, or, well, anything! Luckily, their neighbo
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Sterling Children's Books
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Alex  Baugh
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's the first night of Hanukkah and Rachel and Max are very excited. But the family has just moved into a new apartment and no one can find the box marked Hanukkah. That means no menorah and candles to light and no dreidel to play with. Each night of Hanukkah, Rachel and Max decide to make do, but soon discover something else they are missing from their usual celebration. Luckily, they have neighbors who can help them out - one offers birthday candles, another offers french fries in place of la ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
It's Hanukkah, and the two children, Max and Rachel, are eager to celebrate in their new apartment. But all of the things the family uses to celebrate the holiday have not yet arrived. Can their new neighbors help?

What a delightful way to talk about the way to celebrate Hanukkah in an innovative and fun way. A very fresh approach to a Hanukkah book.
Donna Gephart
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-stories
This is the Hanukkah book your family needs right now. It's a wildly innovative, perfect blend of creativity, family/holiday traditions, community coming together, celebration of diversity and so much more. I highly recommend this delightfully funny book that might become your family's new favorite Hanukkah read. ...more
Aliza Werner
I cannot love the concept of a 9th night of Hanukkah any more! As a Jew, I recognize the deeply Jewish value of being a “helper” in the world. The Shamash/Shammes is the helper candle that helps light the other all through the holiday. A ninth night celebrates that helper. A modern take on an ancient can we help others and thank others for the help they’ve given us? Mazel tov Erica for bringing this to the page!
Vera Godley
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
his is a sweet little story of a Jewish family who has just moved into a new apartment. The boxes with all their things are still to be emptied.

But Hanukkah is about to begin and they need their menorah and the candles that go into it. But they can't find it. So they begin to improvise.

Each night a candle is lit and there is a special activity or food for that night. There is symbolism in each night's candle lighting and the activity or food commemorating the Hanukkah celebration.

Since they can'
Samantha Shank
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn’t like this as much as other Hanukkah books, but it feels fitting for 2020!
Lisa D
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I love this gift of a book by Erica Perl and the warm, inclusive, illustrations by Shahar Kober. It's a great way to learn about an old tradition and a to start a new one, and a fun way to get kids thinking about the secret miraculous sauce (simple acts of kindness and generosity) that makes a welcoming and loving community possible. ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hanukkah lasts for eight nights; one candle is placed in a menorah and lit each night. A ninth candle, the shamash, is used to light the other candles. In The Ninth Night of Hanukkah, a family is settling into their new apartment, but have not finished unpacking. The box with their Hanukkah supplies remains unopened. While the parents unpack, the children find a way to celebrate Hanukkah without a menorah, candles, dreidels, or any other supplies. By enlisting the help of neighbors,
Sandy Brehl
This is an urban, contemporary story of a Jewish family that has moved to a new apartment just as Hanukkah arrives. Eating on the floor among unpacked boxes, they eat pizza and plan to find their Menorrah in one of the boxes the next day,
This story is a "how-to-adapt" guide as the two children pursue necessary items each day, pleased to meet new helpful new neighbors and appreciate "approximations" of their traditions. Through their daily adaptations and outreach, Father uses the SHAMASH (serva
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I love the unique take this book has on the holiday. I've often read or heard about the story of the Maccabbean soldiers and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight nights, but hadn't really thought much about the shamash candle. I'm not Jewish, but really appreciated this focus on helping and appreciation for the helpers in our lives. This certainly seems like a book that Jewish families could enjoy, but any family can connect with being helpers and tha
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I loved everything about this book - the words, the pictures, the message, the activity guide in the back.

A family that has just moved to a new apartment cannot find the box that holds their menorah and all the other things they use to celebrate Chanukah. This gives them an opportunity to meet their new neighbors - and invite them all to a party to thank them for all their help.

I remember living in an apartment building and knowing our neighbors. What a sweet time that was!

Yearning for a post-c
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet Hanukkah story about new traditions and a loving community. I love how the whole building came to help the family. Even with this being such a short book, I'd love to read more about this cast of characters. I always find it sweet when an apartment building becomes its own tight-knit community (or found family, if you wanna reference that trope).

Also bless you, author, for highlighting the importance of the Shamash. That little guy is truly the hero of the holiday.
Allyson Goose
Sweet story about a family trying to celebrate Hanukkah after moving to a new place. They lost the box with all of their Hanukkah gear, so various neighbors in their large apartment building help them out with items to substitute for their missing Hanukkah candles, dreidels, latkes (potato pancakes), jelly donuts, and gelt (chocolate coins). The ending is a joyful celebration of living in a diverse community. My 4-year-old, 6-year-old, and I enjoyed this a lot.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a charming story about a family starting a new Hanukkah tradition. It's also a celebration of community and show the importance of appreciating others. Illustrations are delightful. The author's note gives some background information about Hanukkah and the inspiration for the book. In addition, the author has included some great suggestions for celebrating community and showing appreciation for others. ...more
Abby Johnson
I love this sweet, creative Hanukkah story about a family finding ways to do their favorite Hanukkah activities when their Hanukkah supplies are lost in a move to a new apartment. It may be an especially timely read for right now as we're all finding new ways to celebrate holidays and special days. ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I absolutely loved this picture book. It perfectly described my Hannukah this year because I also just moved so all our Hannukah stuff was packed and due to COVID we weren't able to celebrate how we usually do.
I liked how even though the family wasn't able to celebrate how they usually do, they still valued being together with family and friends.
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hanukkah is the main theme in this book as the title suggests but this book is more about community and how we are all connected with each other. It’s about neighbours helping each other and starting new traditions while keeping the old ones.

Krissy Neddo
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Perfect to read just after Thanksgiving in preparation for the December holidays. Strong sense of community with a multicultural cast of neighbors round out a description of a menorah and the festival of lights.
The story of a family that just moves into a new apartment and they can't find the box with the Hanukkah items in it. They go to the neighbors for help and end up meeting the wonderful people in the building. ...more
Two BookWorms Blog
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maybe the story will inspire some kids to develop their own creativity. Maybe it will remind some parents that they really should get their act together.

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Eileen Winfrey
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely perfect for an elementary school library (references and activity ideas in the back as well as a sweet story).
Michele Knott
Yes to this holiday read with the perfect message about spreading joy.
Kirsti Call
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Engaging story about Hanukkah and problem solving.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really sweet Hanukkah story. I love the idea of having a ninth (shamash) night of Hanukkah to thank the helpers. For grades K & up.
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Erica S. Perl is the author of popular and critically acclaimed books for young readers. She won the National Jewish Book Award and a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for her middle grade novel, ALL THREE STOOGES. She is also the author of the O.J. books: WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J. (Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book, Amazon Best Book, multiple state book award lists) and ACES WILD (NPR Best Books of the Ye ...more

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