Hannah's Hanukkah Hiccups

Written by Shanna Silva
Illustrated by Bob McMahon
Ages 4-8, 32pp, 8 3/8 x 10 7/8
978-1-68115-537-1, $17.95

Hannah can't stop hiccuping!
"Drink pickle juice backward," says Mr. Taylor on the first night of Hanukkah.
Then, Señora Rivera gives Hannah a wet red string to place on her forehead to make the hiccups go away. Hannah tries drinking ginger ale, breathing into a paper bag, and even slathering peanut butter on her latkes.
But nothing works.
How will Hannah sing her solo at the Hanukkah play if her hiccups don't go away?




"Hannah’s Hanukkah Hiccups is the perfect holiday book for the classroom, featuring multi-cultural characters that help Hannah with her problem in amusing ways. The illustrations include words that new readers can recognize, enhancing their enjoyment of this fun, creative story."
— Michele Bergman, Elementary School teacher & Reading Specialist

"Everyone in the brownstone on Hester Street is preparing for Hanukkah. A charming, entertaining illustration on page one allows the reader to peek into various windows as the author describes the preparations: in one apartment latkes are frying, another shows a menorah being prepared, and in yet another, Hannah Hope Hartman is practicing for her holiday singing performance. The vivid textual and illustrative depictions perfectly set the scene and give a young reader an excellent feel for how Hanukkah is celebrated. Suddenly, Hannah comes down with an unrelenting case of the hiccups. She is afraid she won't be able to perform her song unless they subside but they last all eight days of Hanukkah. Many clever remedies are suggested and tried, but nothing works. Hannah, determined to perform, finds a creative way to mask them on stage, and her performance is successful despite her fears. The book offers a lighthearted but important lesson about perseverance, and encourages children who are anxious about overcoming obstacles. This amusingly illustrated book is recommended for ages 4 to 8."
— Nathan Weissler, Jewish Book Council