On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches a village where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him. But when he arrives, not a single candle is lit. A band of frightful goblins has taken over the synagogue, and the villagers cannot celebrate at all! Hershel vows to help them. But can one man alone stand up to the goblins, save Hanukkah, and live to tell the tale?
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I bought a copy recently to read at our family's Hanukkah gathering, and it's just as charming and thrilling as I remember. It's a great story that teaches lessons about courage, faith, and keeping a good sense of humor even when the world around you is a scary place. The story includes the greatest hits of a traditional Hanukkah: lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and making latkes, so whether your family celebrates every year or doesn't know the first thing about Hanukkah, you'll get a great sense of the spirit and origins of the holiday … I'd recommend this book for families of all faiths who want to read an exciting, endearing story to the kiddos around the holidays.
Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.
This beautiful collection of letters that Tolkien wrote to his children as replies from Father Christmas is full of humor and shows the North Pole through a dreaming child's eyes. The character of a mischievous polar bear takes you into a Christmas adventure that will make you laugh and will let your imagination run wild. The narration is simple which will entertain either adult or child listener and is wonderfully supported by uplifting Christmas music. If you're a fan of Tolkien and love Christmas or are just looking for a story for your children during the festive season, this book is perfect.