The Golden Dreidle

Hanukah, by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

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A beginning reader, part of the "On My Own—Holidays" series, this soft cover book is a factual account of the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, its history and how it is generally celebrated today. The author begins with the "amazing story" of "events that happened more than two thousand years Judea." The history of the holiday is well done and very readable, emphasizing the importance of self-rule and religious freedom which led to the successful revolt of Mattathias and his five sons against the Syrian rulers of their country and the rededication of the Temple with the small jar of oil that lasted eight days. The second half of the book relates today's observances and includes the fact that Hanukkah always comes on the same day in the Hebrew month, regardless of its English date. It covers modern day celebrations, including the correct way to place and light candles in the menorah, or hanukkiah, eating of latkes and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts), playing dreidel, and having parties. With realistic pastel pictures, this book is an excellent sourcebook for Hanukkah and a good choice for an overall view of the holiday. Ages 5 to 8, Paperback, isbn 9781575055831, 48 pages

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