Story: Three Jewish siblings play with the dreidel and are looking forward to eating their grandmother’s delicious latkes as part of the Hanukkah celebration. They call their grandmother with the Yiddish noun Bubbe.
But there aren’t enough latkes for everyone. Will they all remember Bubbe’s story of generosity, or are the latkes too tempting to pass up?
Non-fiction: An overview of the history of Hannukah and a description of the different aspects of its celebration. There is also mention, illustrated with photographs, of other festivals around the World that use lights, as Hannukah does. During the Indian Duvali or Festival of Lights, Kawanzaa, Christmas, and Vesak’s the celebrations of Buda’s birthday, all with explanation of national celebration. With numerous informative photographs.
I have been blessed with the presence in my life of a sister, Pilar, and two brothers, Diego and Vicente who personify the values presented in this story. Throughout our lives there have been multiple occasions in which one or the other needed help, and it wasn’t necessary to ask for it, because the other three would always be there.
I try now to instill that feeling in the heart of the new generation. No matter how hard you fight today with your siblings, they are the best friends you may have in the future, and you should protect those feelings for the rest of your life.
Many readers are intrigued about how two authors collaborate to write a book. If you share this curiosity you may enjoy reading how I explain this experience in the chapter entitled “Writing in Collaboration: One plus One is One or Two” in the book Alma Flor Ada and You, volume II published by Libraries Unlimited.