Sunday, November 4, 2007

Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle

The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle
Jacqueline Jules
Kar-Ben Publishing
241 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401
ISBN: 1-58013-164-6, $7.95, 2006.
Reviewed for Reader Views Kids, 10/07.

Do you get tired of the long nights during the last months of the year? It seems like the nights are so long. Its so depressing when there is so much darkness and very little light. Its not just the humans who miss the light.

Ziz is a big yellow bird with purple feathers sticking out of his head in all directions and big green eyes. Its not just his appearance that are funny, but his attempts at solving his problem are too. He can't even see to make his own dinner. Rather than asking God to help first, he tries to come up with a solution. His ideas of fireflies and lantern fish have funny results.

God gives him an idea but he doesn't like it. Sometimes sharing with others isn't the easiest thing to do in the world. Through the help of some unlikely small friends, a solution to the light problem is found. By sharing his problem is solved and so is some one elses. "The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle" is a very good book for children ages 4-8. It highlights the menorrah which is a big part of the Hanukkah holiday. I really thought Ziz was hilarious and I know other kids will too.