December 2018 -- Kislev-Tevet 5779,  Volume 24, Issue 12

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Larchmont Author Creates

a Purr-fect Counting Book

for Hanukkah

Amalia Hoffman is an avid storyteller, author and illustrator of children’s books, including The Klezmer Bunch and Purim Goodies.


In her new board book, Dreidel Day, a sweet and playful kitty encourages the reader to count to eight to celebrate Hanukkah. Readers will love finding and counting hidden surprises in each illustrated spread that reference the especially-Hanukkah-apropos numbers one through eight. The book is geared toward ages 1 to 4 years old.


Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, celebrates the victory of the brave Maccabees over the mighty armies of Syrian King Antiochus. According to legend, when the Maccabees came to restore the Temple in Jerusalem, they found only one small jug of oil, enough to keep the menorah lit for one day. But a miracle happened, and the oil burned for eight days. On each day of the holiday,  a candle is added to the menorah, gifts are exchanged, dreidel games are played and eating  fried latkes and jelly donuts remind everyone of  this victory for religious freedom.


A graduate of Pratt Institute and New York University, the author is working on new books for the Spring and Fall of 2019.


Hoffman’s entertaining presentations include props and interactive elements.

The Larchmont resident notes that, “The greatest reward of writing and illustrating picture books is that I am constantly connecting with young people.”


She will be appearing locally on the following dates:

December 4 at The Warner Public Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown at 3:30pm; December 5, The White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains at 7pm in Galaxy Hall; Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, 295 Soundview Avenue, White Plains at 4pm.


To purchase the book , visit a  Judaica gift shop or bookstore, or at

800-4KARBEN or online at