speech and language teaching concepts for Hanukkah Bear in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/air/ medial
/br/ initial
/r/ initial
/l/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Hanukkah Bear

By Eric A. Kimmel

Bubba Brayna’s legendary latkes lure an unexpected visitor into her home in this playful Hanukkah tale from a master storyteller. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, and on the first night of Hanukkah, the scent of her cooking wakes a hungry, adorable bear from his hibernation.  He lumbers into town to investigate, and Bubba Brayna—who does not see or hear very well—mistakes him for her rabbi. She welcomes the bear inside to play the dreidel game, light the menorah, and enjoy a scrumptious meal. However, after her well-fed guest leaves, there’s a knock at the door—it’s the rabbi, and all of Brayna’s other friends, arriving for dinner.  But there are no latkes left—and together, they finally figure out who really ate them.

This sweet Hanukkah book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, inferencing, and character analysis. It is also great for noticing character expressions and varying tones of voice as well as for /air/, /br/, /r/, and /l/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hanukkah Bear in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis

verbs (regular past tense)​
verbs (linguistic) 


order of events leading to bear eating all the food and the Rabbi and friends cooking together to make a Hanukkah meal


den, plenty, Rabbi, shammes, platter, clever, smeared, drowsy, begged, prefer, fetch, foolish, mutter, growl, sustain, blessing, dreidel, pleasant

Character Analysis:

Even though Baba Brayna was old and did not see or hear well, she still made the best latkes around. She is a kind, gentle woman and has a great attitude when she realizes that a bear came to dinner instead of the Rabbi. The bear is also described as clever.

Figurative Language:

simile (like a bear)


verbs (regular past tense)​
verbs (linguistic) 

Text Features:

latke recipe
facts about the history and traditions of Hanukkah


How do others feel about Baba Brayna?
Why do you think she made twice as many for the Rabbi?
Why did Old Bear roar when she tugged on him?
What did Baba Brayna think when Rabbi roared at the oven?
Why did Baba Brayna think Rabbi said a beautiful blessing?
How do they each feel when playing dreidel?
Why did she tell him he eats like a bear?
Why did bear feel drowsy?
What are they thinking when she says Rabbi came by and ate them all?
Why did Baba Brayna rub her forehead?
How did the kids know it was a bear?
Why did they all help in the end?


Where do you think bear is going?
What do you think will happen when Rabbi comes?
What do you think bear is doing in his den?

If you are interested in using Hanukkah Bear in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets.

If you are interested in seeing other Hanukkah books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.