Isaac has to research Hanukkah, write down two facts and draw a picture of a symbol of the holiday for a school project this month. We don't have any Hanukkah books at home, so I brought a non-fiction book from school and Matt borrowed some fiction books from a co-worker. In an effort to avoid procrastination, Isaac and I read the Hanukkah books this afternoon and he wrote down his facts after we discussed what we learned from the books.
His favorite of the books we read was D is for Dreidel by Tanya Lee Stone. He said it had more information than the other fiction books. He thought we needed to read the non-fiction book, though, to get better facts.
D is for Dreidel is an alphabet book, which is probably obvious from the title. Each letter is accompanied by a key word and a rhyme. The common Hanukkah terms are covered, along with throw-ins like neighbor, uncles, and xylophone. Never new those were Hanukkah words, huh? Me either.
I was actually thankful for the books when I saw them on the counter this afternoon. Since I am trying to write about a holiday or seasonal book each day this month, I need some variety. I plan to also read some Kwanzaa books to Isaac over the next few weeks. We will need a break from Santa and his reindeer.