Cover image for Light the menorah! : a Hanukkah handbook / Jacqueline Jules ; illustrations by Kristina Swarner.
Title:
Light the menorah! : a Hanukkah handbook / Jacqueline Jules ; illustrations by Kristina Swarner.
ISBN:
9781512483680
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Publishing, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Abstract:
In this Hanukkah handbook for the contemporary Jewish family, holiday history, rituals, activities, songs, and recipes provide tools for creating meaningful family moments in the light of the menorah. Includes brief reflections to read aloud before reciting the candle-lighting blessings on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.
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Ages 4-10.

Grades 4-6.
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In this Hanukkah manual for the contemporary Jewish family, holiday history, rituals, activities, songs, and recipes provide tools for creating meaningful family moments in the light of the menorah. The book includes brief reflections to read aloud before reciting the candle-lighting blessings on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this collection, which pairs themed poems and prose passages on each spread, Jules (Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva) expands on typical Hanukkah how-tos with short, imaginative reflections, one for each night of candle lighting. For the first night, readers are reminded of how Judah Maccabee stood up for what he thought was right and how "it is not easy to be the first." The fourth night becomes a tribute to the shamash-the "helper candle" on the menorah used to light all the others-and reminds readers to be thankful for teachers, librarians, parents, and others who "serve and help us." Softly textured pastel drawings by Swarner (Little Banty Chicken and the Big Dream) show quietly proud and happy characters from history and the modern day (one family includes a same-sex couple), with festive decorative borders framing the scenes. The calm tone, scrupulous sourcing of information (as in the distinction between history and rabbinic lore), and clear instructions make this an excellent choice for families who are creating their first Hanukkah traditions. Ages 4-10. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

This contemplative and useful volume features a series of brief, short-lined, free-verse poems and reflections for each night of the holiday, connecting the ritual of candle-lighting to broader themes. Fulfilling its subtitles promise, the book also provides Hebrew blessings with English transliterations and translations; historical background; dreidel-playing instructions; recipes; crafts; and sheet music. Mottled illustrations in warm pinks and blues evoke the hushed atmosphere around a lit menorah, while the text provides food for thought along with practical information. (NB: a non-kosher menorah appears in the Eighth Night illustration.) shoshana flax (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.