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Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue
     

Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue

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by Heidi Smith Hyde, Jamal Akib (Illustrator)
 

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Angry that his father is afraid to kindle the Hanukkah lights, Emanuel stows away on a whaling ship. When a storm overtakes the boat, it is his father's change of heart and the family menorah that light the way home.

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Angry that his father is afraid to kindle the Hanukkah lights, Emanuel stows away on a whaling ship. When a storm overtakes the boat, it is his father's change of heart and the family menorah that light the way home.

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Publishers Weekly
In this beautifully illustrated and evocative tale set in the 18th century, Emanuel is a Jewish boy living in the whaling town of New Bedford, Mass. Emanuel’s father, a merchant near the sea who lived as a secret Jew in Portugal until he immigrated to America, still suffers from fear of religious persecution. Emanuel pleads with him to celebrate Hanukkah by placing the menorah lights on the window sill, but he resists. It is only when Emanuel takes matters into his own hands that his father realizes the true meaning of freedom and miracles. Akib’s chalk pastels set a somber yet hopeful mood perfectly, while the captivating storytelling will keep young readers glued. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)
The New York Times Book Review
Light performs multiple roles in this fascinating glimpse at a little-known slice of Jewish American history, beautifully rendered in chalk pastels.
—Pamela Paul
Kirkus Reviews
A boy's insistence on exercising freedom of religion helps an 18th-century Portuguese-Jewish immigrant community openly practice and observe its faith. Emanuel works with his merchant father offering supplies to the whalers of New Bedford, Mass., and, with dreams of joining a ship when he is older, loves to listen to Captain Henshaw's adventurous seafaring stories. But his cautious father, scarred by the Spanish Inquisition, tells him that whaling is a dangerous occupation and that Emanuel's place will be at the store. Emanuel grows weary of his father's fears. He particularly cannot understand why they do not openly celebrate Shabbat or the eight nights of Hanukkah with their menorah's candles beaming in the window. On the eighth day of Hanukkah, the determined 9-year-old stows away on Captain Henshaw's ship, leaving a note expressing his search for freedom. Disaster strikes immediately in the form of a fierce storm that causes the ship to turn back. As suspense builds, the darkness is lit with the numerous flickering menorah candles in the windows of the Jewish homes, guiding the struggling ship and its crew back to shore. Opaque dark-blue– and brown-hued paintings provide a shadowy atmosphere; the chiseled faces of hard-working men are illuminated by candlelight. Emanuel's New World innocence, untouched by persecution, is reflected in his boyish, smooth face. Although didactic and idealized, this broad interpretation of freedom from a Jewish perspective is one not often seen. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761366270
Publisher:
Kar-Ben Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
626,649
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am 70 years old and lived in new bedford for many years. i bought this book for myself because it was about jews in new bedford. all the years i lived there i never knew anything about the portuguese jews community there. even a child's book can teach an old person something! p. bloomberg old man glendale, ca o