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Posted January 6, 2010
Our family loved this book, and we shared it with a 3rd grade class and a 2d grade class. The photos are very cool, and it is a totally different kind of Hanukkah book. Also nice to see a contemporary story. The conclusion on the final page of the story didn't flow as well as the rest, but overall a great concept.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2009
Would you think that there is any life in the frigid waters off Antarctica? Well, there is! Follow diver David W. Ginsburg, who is a marine ecologist from Los Angeles, CA, as he goes to the McMurdo Station on the Antarctic continent to study the underwater animals that live in the ocean. After getting on his dry suite and tramping through the ice, he and his partner Rob swim down to find sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish. David is trying to learn how the sea urchins survive in the freezing water. However, he is in Antarctica during the time when his family back home would be putting candles on the Hanukkah menorahs. What might David do with the colorful sea urchins, starfish, and his camera to help him celebrate Hanukkah?
After showing everyone the picture that he takes, some of the other Jewish scientists join David as he takes his metal traveling menorah and they celebrate Hanukkah, remembering how long ago the Jewish people stood up to their enemies and survived. David hasn't yet learned how the sea urchins manage to stay alive, but he knows how the Jewish people survived. Author Esther Susan Heller does an excellent job telling this true story, which is lavishly illustrated by copious photographs of what David does and what he sees on the ocean floor. In addition, there is information at the back about sea urchins, McMurdo Station, and David himself. Children who want to learn more about life under the sea will especially enjoy this book, but it is fascinating reading for anyone.