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Bubbie & Zadie’s Reply
The author of “Bubbie And Zadie” responds to kids’ letters.
This Hanukkah, Square One Publishers present its first children’s book – “Bubbie and Zadie Come to My House.” First published in 1985 by Donald I. Fine, Inc. and long out-of-print, this brand-new edition of Daniel Halevi Bloom’s charming Hanukkah tale was signed by Rudy Shur of Square One who felt the story deserved to be shared with a new generation of young readers. The project was an international labor of love, worked on across three countries at the same time with the author Bloom in Taiwan; publisher Shur in New York; and illustrator Alex Meilichson in Israel.
Designed as a gift to be given by grandparents to grandchildren on the first night of Hanukkah, the book also invites readers to write letters to the “Bubbie and Zadie” characters who appear in the story. But here’s the interesting twist: every letter written to “Bubbie and Zadie” by child or adult alike will be answered in return mail – free of charge – by author Daniel Halevi Bloom himself, and also by some real-life bubbies and zadies (“Grandma” and “Grandpa” in Yiddish) who reside at Bubbie & Zadies L’Chaim House, a senior citizen’s home nestled in the hills of San Rafael, Calif.
In many ways, the letter-writing aspect of the book is what excited Bloom the most about having his book available again in a newly illustrated and revised edition. Having read thousands of letters from children (and adults) over the years, Bloom has experienced first-hand the joy that these letters bring to everyone.
“The magic and loving feelings of the Hanukkah holidays,” says Bloom, “as passed down to me and those of my generation by our own bubbies and zadies when we were children, is one of the greatest gifts that can ever be given. And it’s wonderful that these elderly people now want to share the tradition of the holidays with the children by helping to write letters to them. I truly love them for it.”
Any children and/or adults who want to write to Bubbie and Zadie can send their handwritten letters to them at the following address: Bubbie and Zadie’s Mailbox c/o Square One Publishers, 115 Herricks Rd., Garden City Park, NY 11040.