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Happy Hanukkah from the Westcoast Reader team!


Children watching a Hanukkah menorah
Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam (elana’s pantry – Flickr)

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Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah lasts for eight days and eight nights. A well-known symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah, a nine-branch candle holder.

For teachers:  Click here to find a teacher’s guide with stories, images, lesson plans and activities.

How to play dreidel

Shalom Sesame: The Missing Menorah

Happy Hanukkah!

Story adapted from, posted by Ana-MariaG, December 6, 2015

Zen helps Hoshi get around



Zen (right) helps Hoshi (left) enjoy life.                    Photo: The Fluffy Duo

Hoshi is blind. He is 12 years old. Hoshi is a big dog. He is an American Eskimo dog.

Hoshi has a friend.

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Listen to the story Zen helps Hoshi 
 Reading by: Patty Bossort

The two dogs have accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper,  November 2016