Little Book of Hanukkah

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Here's a profound collection of Hanukkah traditions and celebrations, including quotations, songs, blessings, stories, games and recipes, contained within the pages of a Running Press; Miniature Edition™. Fun and informative, it makes a great gift for anyone, young or old, who celebrates the holiday or wants to learn about it.

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Overview

Here's a profound collection of Hanukkah traditions and celebrations, including quotations, songs, blessings, stories, games and recipes, contained within the pages of a Running Press; Miniature Edition™. Fun and informative, it makes a great gift for anyone, young or old, who celebrates the holiday or wants to learn about it.

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Children's Literature
This pint-sized compendium packs the story, traditions, blessings, games and recipes of Hanukkah into 128 tiny pages. The majority of this material can be found in the Hanukkah chapter of any book about Jewish holidays. While some readers may be intrigued by the miniature format, there is not much to commend this book over full-size books. The illustrations are adequate but do not compare to glossy, picture-book-size spreads. The battle history between the Maccabees and the Syrians is the lengthiest part of the book. The other two sections are limited. For example, only the transliterations of the Hebrew blessings and songs are provided, not the Hebrew. In addition, the text says the shamash or servant candle represents the Messiah, a statement not supported by the Encyclopedia Judaica or any other source this reviewer consulted. Mentioning the messiah without a discussion of what that term means within Judaism may be troublesome for the Jewish reader. This book is simply a novelty. Better information can be found elsewhere in a more attractive and usable format. 2000, Running Press, $4.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762407903
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Miniature Editions Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 2.80 (w) x 3.35 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Zorn wrote children’s abridgments of The Classic Book of Best-Loved Bedtime Stories, The Classic Treasury of Bulfinch’s Mythology, and Robinson Crusoe.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Very Educational - A Winner

    I was in Barnes and Noble just looking around and spotted this book on a table with other books for the holiday. I had been looking for a book like this to explain the holiday in a more broken down form for my son who is 9. Not only did he enjoy it but I did as well. The information is short and concise and explains things in detail but not too wordy. The size of the book is great because you can put it in a pocket or I put it in my purse when I took my son out to appointments. This book is something that I will have forever and something that my son will pass down to his children. Lastly, the price on this book is fabulous. I would receommend this book to everybody. Thanks Barnes and Noble for selling another great product.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    A great place to start...

    This was my first year with a menorah, so i had to have the prayers to light the candles - this gave me eactly what I needed.

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