Ever had a bad hair day? My kids are notorious for those, water, hair gel, etc., usually fixes the uncompromising hair for my kids but in this story, the mom isn’t so lucky! The Story of Hannukah Howie is a great little story about the adventures of a small Jewish boy who grows up with hair with a mind of it’s own but in the end it turns out to be a really special gift. What seemed like just another bad hair day, is what makes Howie eventually become a special boy.
As a mom and teacher, I really enjoyed reading this book to my kids. We got to learn about the religious practices of another culture and I thought it was perfect because it was during a time when our family was celebrating Christmas. So we got to compare and contrast the two holidays. Why would a Christian family want a Hanukkah book? Simple, Jesus Christ was Jewish! It also gave me an opportunity to also teach that our Christian faith was grounded on Judeo-Christian principals. This light little story aided in this process at our home and the added feature was how well the story was written. It felt like listening to your favorite grandmother telling you a real story about a little boy with bad hair who turned out to save Hanukkah and bring cheer to others! The rhyming feature in the book gave it that great added touch everyone enjoys in a read aloud. The text was also predictable so the kids were able to chime in ever so often to keep them engaged in the story. The illustrations helped in this aspect as well. In a very clever fashion this book teaches about Hanukkah but in a subtle and gentle manner. Actually, Howie reminded me a little of Santa Claus a little! 🙂 So whether your family is Jewish or not, I recommend this great little story!
About the Book:
Have you ever had a bad hair day? Well, imagine eight bad hair days in a row — and at just the wrong time. Our hero, Howie, has very strange spiked hair, but only during the eight days of Hanukkah. By day eight, in fact, there are “… nine spikes in all, four at right, four at left, one in center so tall”. Howie’s Mom gradually realizes that Howie’s hair looks like a menorah — the nine-candled centerpiece for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. But just when she wonders what she can do, Hanukkah ends and the spikes disappear.
Was the hair-spiking a one-time event? Not a chance. Each year at Hanukkah, Howie’s hair springs into spikes. Since they are impossible to control, over the years both Hannah and Howie search for possible remedies. Readers learn that “…the only solution that seemed to be there… was for Howie to cover his very strange hair.”
This clever book, besides being hugely entertaining, presents a gentle message that, regardless of our personal appearance and our differences we each have a role in this life – we each have a place in the family of man. For Howie, his hair and its particular uniqueness ends up being the crown jewel of his personality!
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