It’s 1912 in the Lower East Side of New York City and we join the quintet of “all of a kind” sisters as dubbed by their parents—Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie—as they prepare for the first night of Hanukkah. Latkes and applesauce are on their mind as they peel, grate and chop. Then come sprinkling, shaking and stirring. Gertie, the littlest, wants to help with all of it, but unfortunately she’s just too young. Frustration and stomping boots ensue. But Papa cleverly thinks of something very, very important that Gertie is old enough to help with, for the first time ever. A special story that celebrates the beauty of family and meaningful traditions. “The latkes taste of history and freedom, of love and crispy potato.”
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah is based on Sydney Taylor’s books and was written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinksky and published by Schwartz & Wade. A glossary, sources and notes from the author and illustrator are included in the back matter.