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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Chanukkah Guest / Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel

It’s the last day of Hanukkah and what better way to celebrate than with one book split into two parts? In 1990 Eric Kimmel adapted a story he’d written for Cricket Magazine to a picture book format and called it The Chanukkah Guest. Then, in 2013 he took that same Cricket Magazine tale and turned it into the slightly different Hanukkah Bear. One story. One author. Two different versions. Are they both Hanukkah classics or will only one make the final cut? We discuss every possible angle and come up with the perfect title for a new holiday book: Hanukkah Hangry. You are welcome to use it. Just credit us with the title.

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Show Notes:

One essential difference between the two books involves how felines feel when bears enter their homes. Put another way, cats with self-preservation skills vs. cats with none.

I don’t know much about bears but you try and take a wild bear’s coat off? You gonna die. Both books seem to be downplaying the danger with this one. I saw the film Grizzly Man. You do NOT want to emulate this woman, kids.

Kate found the visuals of the latkes to be insufficient. One looked like stuffed pitas to me, and the other blintzes.

We know it’s just jam but man does that look like blood. Latke carnage.

Bear heads are heavy. This bear? He just broke this poor woman. She is never using those legs for their intended purposes again.

Yup. That’s a Charmin ad.

Old version: Nobody’s bringing ANYTHING to the feast. New version: A definite improvement. I can see a crock pot or two.

Come see the wonder that is Kate’s Do-It-Yourself Chanukah House. Remember, she bought this a year ago and when she opened it this year it was in itty bitty pieces. Pieces that she painstakingly put together again with frosting and sheer unmitigated determination. The result?

Not too shabby, eh?

And here is my BRAND NEW Little Free Library. I’m so proud of it!!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.