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Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain

Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain

by Jacqueline Dembar Greene, Steffi K. Rubin
     
 

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Nathan has only five dollars with which to buy a Hanukkah menorah, and his search for one he can afford is unseccessful until his grandfather teaches him some lessons about old-fashioned bargaining.

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Nathan has only five dollars with which to buy a Hanukkah menorah, and his search for one he can afford is unseccessful until his grandfather teaches him some lessons about old-fashioned bargaining.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Nathan wants to buy his own menorah, but when he goes shopping with his grandfather, he finds that they are either too expensive or not quite right. After the man reminisces about dealing with peddlers in the old days, they find a silver menorah in a junk shop. Although the ending is rather pat, the story has a straightforward appeal that many kids will appreciate, and Grandpa (who stands aside to let Nathan do the haggling himself) is a gem. The bargaining session itself is realistic and entertaining (Nathan "eyed the man coolly. 'It has a dent.' 'Dent, shment,' the shopkeeper mocked. 'It's pure silver. It's a steal at ten dollars'"). Although the facial features and expressions are sometimes a bit exaggerated, the full-spread illustrations do a good job of complementing the text. A short afterword explains the holiday and the role of the menorah. While this story is only tangentially about Hanukkah, it is a good intergenerational selection for larger or specialized collections.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
With five dollars in quarters in his pocket, Nathan and his grandfather begin a quest to buy a traditional menorah, one with cups to hold oil rather than candles. In a lengthy text, together they explore a couple of stores, each offering a variety of choices from electric to modern artistic versions, all too pricey for Nathan's budget. Grandpa laments the good old shopping days when bargaining was the norm. Spotting a traditional tarnished old silver menorah in the basement window of an antique shop, and taking a cue from his savvy Grandpa, Nathan takes a chance and drives a good bargain for his purchase. Hierstein's realistic gouache paintings of a snowy urban outing bring a vivid authenticity to this intergenerational story of traditional values, respect and understanding. Yet, while these themes are genuine, Grandfather's reminiscences of bargaining with old-style street peddlers seem out of sync with and unreflective of today's comparatively hip population of boomer grandparents raised after World War II. Too bad. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780930494629
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1986
Pages:
32
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

A former elementary school teacher, Judith Hierstein now teaches high school graphic and media arts. She has illustrated several children's books for Pelican including the Toby Belfer Series and The American Revolution A to Z, Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, and The Pilgrims' Thanksgiving from A to Z. She lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

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