by Sandy Lanton
Hannah was too little to reach the sink by herself, too little to tie her
own shoelaces, and too little to ride the big yellow school bus.
At holiday time it was even worse. Dad had to lift her up to hang her decorations in the sukkah, Grandma had to help her light the Hanukkah candles, Mom had to put her hamentashen in the oven and she wasn’t allowed near the stove to put her matzoh balls in the soup.
Grandpa kept promising that her time would come.
And with his help, she loved being THE LITTLEST LEVINE.
Still A Family: A Young Child's Book About Divorce
by Sandy Lanton
When her parents fought, Emily got so scared, she spilled her milk. Her little brother sat in his high chair, held his hands over his ears, and rocked back and forth. As the fighting continued, Emily hid in her safe spot under the dining room table. A few days later, the family sat in the living room and Emily heard the word “divorce” for the first time. After Daddy moved out, Emily got angry, then learned that having a “Mommy House” and a “Daddy House” was OK—even fun—and they were “STILL A FAMILY”.
Daddy's Chair by Sandy Lanton, illustrated by Shelly Haas, is a tender book, for children ages 4-8, that handles the death of a young parent with great sensitivity, focusing on the theme of remembrance. Little Michael at first denies his father's death and refuses to let anyone sit in his father's chair, but later he becomes reconciled and finds comfort in the chair.
Touching, powerful book... beautifully produced...
—The Washington Post
A well-done book on a difficult subject.
—School Library Journal
Sensitively explains the mourning rituals in words the very
young reader will understand.
Lots Of Latkes by Sandy Lanton, illustrated by Vicki Jo Redenbaugh is a Hanukkah story. Long ago in a faraway village, an old woman invites her friends to a Hanukkah dinner. Each guest plans to bring something to share-sour cream, applesauce, fish, and jelly doughnuts-but a series of mishaps results in each of them contributing latkes instead. The friends have a good time anyway, celebrating the holiday with a dreidel, songs, dancing-and lots of latkes. Cartoon illustrations in soft colors are appropriate for the lighthearted story. Use this as a read-aloud in library, family, and Jewish school settings
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