Book review: Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match

I’ve decided to review books on Friday, at least one picture book and one process book, as I have quite a few, and want to share the ones I got the most from (and if you’re an entrepreneur, self published and maintaining online sites, like me you have need of MANY processes) Today’s offerings will be Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match by Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs illustrated by CB Decker for picture book and for the self help/process, Office for One: The Sole Proprietor’s Survival Guide by Christina Hamlett in the next post.

Book review: COVER Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match. Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs. Illustrated by C.B. Decker
Book review: COVER Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match. Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs. Illustrated by C.B. Decker


Farmer Kobi’s Hannukah Match

written by Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs

Illustrated by  C.B. Decker

Apples and Honey Press, an imprint of Behrman House and Gefen Publishing House, 2015

Farmer Kobi may have the largest farm on the Moshav (a cooperative farming community in Israel), and many wonderful friends in his farm animals, but still something is missing. He invites Polly to the second night of Hannukah in hopes she is his perfect match. His barnyard friends prepare and angst with the predate nerves and help him to welcome Polly to the festivities. Sadly Polly isn’t happy or understanding of the help the animals give Farmer Kobi. But there’s a serendipitous surprise after Polly leaves. A touching Holiday tale told with a lot of good humor and whimsy, a wonderful book to start a discussion of Jewish values and customs, for Jewish and Gentile children.

The storytelling is straightforward, clear and fun. The illustrations are fun with energetic lines, a lovely retro feel (I thought of Betsy Lewin, though C.B.’s characters have more definition, they have the same easy character).  A sweet, fun book embraceable by young children on Hannukah, on welcoming guests and on Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayyim, the welfare of animals, and the unexpected.

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