The Chanukah Blessing

The Chanukah Blessing

by Peninnah Schram, Jeffrey Allon

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Children's Literature
A stranger appears in a poor town to its poorest family and is invited to share in their meager Chanukah meal. What else could this be but an Elijah the Prophet story? Schram, a celebrated storyteller, tells us that this is "an original story, created by my weaving together scraps of memories, remnants of recalled dialogue, recollections of beloved people, and timeless Elijah folktale motifs" and fondly calls Eliyahu HaNavi (Hebrew for Elijah the Prophet) her favorite folklore character. Predictably, the elements of the story seem familiar: poor but gracious people sharing what they have, a homemade menorah, stories around the fire, miracles of abundance appearing after the stranger disappears, and Schram always tells with warmth and deep feeling; but there's not much new here. The illustrations don't do justice to the tale, either, with poorly drawn characters who look different on every page and children often looking as old as the prophet. Perhaps the recipe for Mama's Latke-Kugel will compensate for the other flaws in the book. 2000, UAHC, $12.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
Jeffrey Allon illustrates this fine picturebook story of Chanukah, which needs good reading skills and possibly parental assistance but presents a warm seasonal story of a stranger who shares a poor family's celebrations for the holiday. Lessons in faith and friendship evolve.

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URJ Press
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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