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Latke, the Lucky Dog
Latke, the Lucky Dog
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Rescued from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah, fuzzy Latke the puppy joins the family just in time for the celebrations. Although he has trouble learning the house rules and gets into all sorts of hi-jinks, he is one Lucky Dog! Told from the pup s point of view, this sweet Hanukkah story for little ones is a great addition to Kar-Ben s Hanukkah collection.
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"Latke, a playful golden brown shelter dog with good intentions, comes to live with his new family on the first night of Hanukkah. However, he scoffs at the
(jelly donuts), shreds the present wrappings, gobbles the latkes, gnaws on a dreidel, topples the applesauce, slobbers on the chocolate Hanukkah coins, and chomps the menorah candles into a sticky mess. Discouraged, the family begins to question their decision to adopt, until the final night of Hanukkah when they present him with his very own chew toy. Fischer's humorous story is narrated from Latke's perspective, effectively contrasting his well-meant exuberance with the family's growing distress. The kids are mostly understanding; Mom and Dad, not so much. Beeke's colorful artwork depicts everyone's efforts to do the right thing, while small touches (such as the candles in the menorah) convey holiday details. The story's secular tone will please less observant families. Pair with Jane Yolen's
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah
(2012) for another guide to proper holiday behavior."
"Youngsters will root for the puppy....Child-like illustrations perfectly match the text....It is recommended for those libraries that need to round out their holiday book choices."
Library Media Connection
"This is a pleasant Hanukkah title, with the bonus of nicely conveying that the rescued animal is a lucky dog indeed. A brief description of the holiday is included."
School Library Journal
"Told in Latke's voice, the story highlights the holiday's traditions as well as the love between the dog and his new family. Cheerful textured illustrations capture all of Latke's mischief."
The Horn Book Magazine
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