Guest Post from Amanda U.
The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story is an adorable little tale of Flicker, the smallest candle in the drawer. This cute and whimsical story not only teaches young readers the story of Hanukkah, but also has a meaningful life lesson built in.
As all the candles fight over who should be the first candle to be lit and placed in the menorah, little Flicker doesn’t believe he even deserves a chance, after all, he is “the littlest candle”. Flicker, though small in size, has a really big heart. We learn throughout the story that small doesn’t mean unworthy.
My 5 year old and I loved this story. We quickly fell in love with this sweet, meek, little candle. With every page we turned, my daughter yelled, “No! It should be Flicker!”. It was the perfect introduction to Hanukkah giving just enough information to educate, but not so much that it became overwhelming. This would be a wonderful addition to any holiday library collection.
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|The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story by
Rabbis Kerry Olitzky and Jesse Olitzky and illustrated by Jen Kostman
(9/1/2020; ISBN: 978-0-9988527-5-1; Hardcover $17.99; Ages 4-11; 32
pages). A new perspective on an ancient tradition, this picture book
introduces kids to Little Flicker, the smallest Hanukkah candle. As all the candles vie to be the first lit, the wisest of them, Waxy, tells the history of Hanukkah and the significance of each candle in the menorah. However, Little Flicker cares more about supporting his friends than being the first chosen. Because of this selflessness and compassion, Waxy gives Little Flicker the important task and honor of being his helper – the Shamash -- which lights all the other candles and takes the highest and central place on the menorah.
This uplifting tale is a perfect Hanukkah gift for families to treasure year after year, showing young readers – in the true spirit of the season -- that no matter how small they are, with the right attitude and a kind heart, they can make a big difference.
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