Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story by Rabbis Kerry Olitzky and Jesse Olitzky and illustrated by Jen Kostman [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

This fall marks the launch of Kalaniot Books, a new imprint of Endless Mountains Publishing that aims to introduce young readers to the rich mosaic of Jewish  culture and history with books by Jewish authors and artists around the world. Their books will offer families the tools to explore and celebrate the diversity of the Jewish community so that it can continue to flourish like the wild poppies, or “kalaniot,” that bloom in Israel every spring.

ISBN: 9780998852751
Hardcover $17.99
Ages 4-11, 32 pages
The imprint’s inaugural title is The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story.  

My thoughts: Some may wonder why a Christian blogger reviews a book distinctively Jewish. I believe that our Christian heritage is rooted not just in Jesus, but in those who went before and are brought alive to us in the Old Testament which is also a history of the Jewish peoples. 

Children need to know that others sometimes believe differently and have different holidays. Children won't be confused if taught correctly but will grown to understand and appreciate these differences.

In The Littlest Candle the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah approaches and the candles in the little drawer are in a dither as to who the honor of being the first to be lit and from which all the other candles will be lit. The story examines what value each candle has as individuals and why they think they should be the chosen one. While the story teaches a little about the holiday itself, it also teaches how each has his or her own value.

So children will learn about a Jewish holiday and also a societal value that they can put into place themselves in their own life.   

About the book: 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.
Begins August 13
Ends September 8 @ 12:01 ET
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher, publicist, or author.


  1. A family could learn about the traditions of Hanukkah while reading this book.

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  2. We could learn that being selfless and kind can be a reward in and of itself. Not everyone has to be a "chosen one" to make a difference.

  3. It is educational to learn about other religions.

  4. A child would learn about other cultures and how to be compassionate.

  5. they would learn about different cultures!


  6. A child would learn about tradition.


  8. no matter how small u are u can still make a impact

  9. This story would teach about traditions and how to find your place in the world


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