"The miniature-sized Kleins live behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue
It's the day before Hanukkah and the family is preparing for its holiday celebration.
When Papa stumbles through the door, his clothing torn and without a candle, they learn that the synagogue has gotten a cat.
Brave little Mindy then volunteers to venture out to find a candle, despite the danger.
Eventually, the child encounters the dreaded beast, but is able to escape, thanks to the help of her resourceful grandfather.
The human - sized candle is melted down to provide the family with ample lights to observe Hanukkah.
The story and pictures are a perfect combination; with a humorous text and exquisite watercolor, black-ink, and gouache illustrations.
Minute details and clever touches abound.
The Kleins make use of human-sized objects, a pocket watch serves as a clock, and stamps make lovely pictures.
The double-paged inside view of the synagogue is breathtaking.
A spirited story with a diminutive heroine whose courage speaks volumes"