Gabi Greenberg loved Hanukkah. She loved to watch the sun go down. She loved to see the sky grow dark. When the stars appeared, she loved to light the menorah.

When Gabi receives a new tricycle, she names it “Hanukkah” and vows to ride it everywhere. On her first try she falls off the trike, but she finds the courage to try again by ...
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Gabi Greenberg loved Hanukkah. She loved to watch the sun go down. She loved to see the sky grow dark. When the stars appeared, she loved to light the menorah.

When Gabi receives a new tricycle, she names it “Hanukkah” and vows to ride it everywhere. On her first try she falls off the trike, but she finds the courage to try again by remembering the brave Maccabees and their struggle and victory over King Antiochus and his army.

“I did it! I’m brave like the Maccabees!” And Gabi and Hanukkah went speeding down the sidewalk.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gabi loves the tricycle she receives on the holiday's first night--in fact, she even names it Hanukkah. A bad spill leaves her feeling skittish, but the courage of the Maccabees inspires her to get in the saddle again. The overly earnest story and wooden acrylic paintings don't do any favors to either Jewish history or the young heroine. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Gabi Greenberg is celebrating the first of eight nights of Hanukkah with her Mommy and Daddy. They light the menorah, make latkes, play dreidel and recount the story of the Maccabees. Tonight Gabi receives the gift of a new, blue tricycle she names Hanukkah. The next day Gabi goes out to ride her new tricycle, but she falls. Together with Mommy they clean the trike and discuss bravery and cleaning and how these relate to the story of Hanukkah. Gabi gets back on her tricycle and stays on. This book not only presents rituals and the story of Hanukkah in a child-friendly, non-denominational manner; it also talks of bravery and perseverance. The simple language and short sentences combine with colorful illustrations to make this a beginning reader welcome to many. The characters are not traditionally Jewish, in that their manner of dress and the house are not immediately identifiable as Jewish. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
School Library Journal
PreS—Gabi celebrates the first night of Hanukkah with her parents and receives a new tricycle as a gift. When she falls off her trike (which she's named "Hanukkah"), her mother convinces her to be brave like the Maccabees by getting back on and trying again. The first half of the book is a simple, traditional look at a young family lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, eating latkes, and recounting the Hanukkah story. Unfortunately, the second half involving Gabi and her tricycle feels a bit forced. Still, young children will enjoy her success when she and "Hanukkah" finally take off down the block. Acrylic illustrations are straightforward and pleasant, featuring large blocks of modest colors and generally subdued action.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

At Hanukkah time, Gabi celebrates with her parents, making and eating latkes, lighting candles and listening to the story of the brave Maccabees. She is thrilled to receive a new tricycle at the end of the first night. Naming it "Hanukkah" and vowing to ride it "everywhere," Gabi finds it challenging when she falls off but learns to persevere and try again for success—"just like the Maccabees did" so long ago. Bright acrylic paintings of a traditional young family (mom, dad, daughter, dog) balance out this plain, run-of-the-mill story that places a preschooler's appetite for learning and her ability to work out her frustration within a holiday framework. While Gabi's understanding of the story of the Maccabees seems a little out of step with her age, this nonetheless functions as an adequate introduction. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480453814
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,308,518
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Michelle Edwards has written and illustrated many books for young readers including Stinky Stern Forever, winner of the Gryphon, Patterson, and Blue Crab Special Recognition awards. Her first picture book, Chicken Man, won the National Jewish Book Award. Edwards lives with her family in Iowa City, Iowa. Visit her at michelledwards.com.

Kathryn Mitter grew up and went to school in Missouri, where she still lives. When she’s not illustrating, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and watercolor painting, especially painting outdoors. Mitter has illustrated many magazine stories and children’s books, including Duck for Turkey Day and First Rain.
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