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The eighth menorah / Lauren L. Wohl ; illustrated by Laura Hughes.
Title Variants:
8th menorah
Publication Information:
Chicago : Albert Whitman & Company, 2013.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm.
Sam is reluctant to make a menorah in Sunday School because his family already owns seven, but after a conversation with his grandmother, he figures out how to make a perfect Hanukkah gift.


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Hanukkah is a few weeks away, and Sam can't wait to celebrate with his family, especially his grandma. At Sunday school, everyone in his class is busy making clay menorahs to give as Hanukkah gifts! Sam likes how his menorah is turning out, but he's worried--his family already has seven menorahs! Will they want another one? His teacher reassures him that his parents will love it, but Sam is determined to solve this problem on his own and find the perfect home for his menorah. Sam's dilemma in this sweet and simple Hanukkah story is one that rings true for kids and their families.

Author Notes

Lauren L. Wohl has loved children's books all her life: first as a child reader; then as a school librarian, a publisher, a mom, a reviewer, and now as a grandmother. She is the author of Matzoh Mouse. A native New Yorker, she lives with her husband in South Beach, Florida, and in Lenox, Massachusetts. Laura Hughes is the illustrator of Rabbit on the Run and studied illustration at Kingston University in London. She lives in East London, England.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sam knows that his family already has plenty of menorahs, so when his Hebrew school teacher announces a menorah project for Hanukkah, Sam fears his will be useless. He works diligently on it and keeps it hidden, but still worries it won't serve a purpose. It is only when his grandmother and her friends share their own predicament that Sam comes to realize his menorah will find a beautiful home. Brightly colored and empathic pictures by Hughes bring this charming Hanukkah story to life. Ages 4-7. Author's agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency. Illustrator's agent: the Bright Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Sam's family already had lots of menorahs. They didn't need another one." This is Sam's predicament as he makes a Hanukkah menorah with his Hebrew school class. Sam's distress about this problem seems excessive, but it's resolved in a touching, if expected, way. The delicately rendered illustrations feature a loving family. Instructions for playing dreidel are (somewhat incongruously) appended. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.