One Very Possible and Very Festive
2011 Holiday Illustration Before Breakfast #5

h1 December 7th, 2011 by jules


“Tonight, the sixth night of Chanukah, our seven candles call out like vendors’ chants, like parents’ voices, echoing among the tenements
where faith burns bright amid a new generation.”

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I’m sticking to my original rules today and only featuring one illustration from today’s featured holiday book. Above is one of the fold-out pop-up spreads from Michael J. Rosen’s Chanukah Lights (Candlewick, September 2011), illustrated/paper-engineered by Robert Sabuda.

Dedicating an entire three-dimensional spread to each of the eight days of Hanukkah, author and illustrator pay tribute to the Jewish holiday with much grace. Rosen lays out eight scenes showing various celebrations of Jewish freedom—a kibbutz, the first Jewish settlement in the New World, a boat with refugees, a temporary home for those wandering in the desert, and more—and Sabuda’s all-white pop-up scenes, springing forth from brightly-colored backgrounds, are intricate and detailed. Each pop-up structure includes Chanukah lights somewhere in the spread — for observant eyes.

Publishers Weekly describes this one as a “stunning achievement,” while Kirkus calls it a “grand display item, undeniably fragile but capable of surviving—and rewarding—multiple careful readings.”

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CHANUKAH LIGHTS. Text copyright © 2011 by Michael J. Rosen. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Robert Sabuda. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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2 comments to “One Very Possible and Very Festive
2011 Holiday Illustration Before Breakfast #5”

  1. I have ten of Sabuda’s books in my personal collection as well as some of his ornaments hanging on my Christmas tree. It looks like I am going to be adding another title to my shelves. Beautiful!


  2. I just love Robert Sabuda’s work. Pop-up books are my favorite kind of math.


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