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This Is the Dreidel
     

This Is the Dreidel

by Abby Levine
 

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“This is the dreidel Max takes from the drawer / where he had placed it one year before.” Max and his family, from This Is the Turkey, return to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah! With Abby Levine’s rhythmical, cumulative verses, readers will follow Max through the many beloved traditions of the holiday. Max takes the menorah

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“This is the dreidel Max takes from the drawer / where he had placed it one year before.” Max and his family, from This Is the Turkey, return to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah! With Abby Levine’s rhythmical, cumulative verses, readers will follow Max through the many beloved traditions of the holiday. Max takes the menorah down from the shelf and polishes it. His sister picks out the colorful candles, the blessing is said, and the family exchanges gifts with one another. Of course, Max’s relatives come and latkes are served. Max spins the dreidel and everyone sings songs about the great miracle of Hanukkah.


“Levine and Billin-Frye use simple, rhyming couplets and brightly colored, full-page illustrations to demonstrate how one family celebrates a holiday. . . . The artwork has a cozy feel and is large enough for story hour sharing. A welcome addition to the holiday shelf.” —Booklist
 
“A simple introduction to the Festival of Lights, told in rhymed couplets. . . . Billin-Frye’s colored-pencil, acrylic, and gouache pictures illustrate the rhyme in an appealing and child-friendly way.” —School Library Journal
 
“Appealing, cartoon-like drawings of Max and his warm, cozy family match the easy rhythm of the text.” —Kirkus Reviews

Abby Levine is the author of numerous books for children including This Is the Pumpkin and Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! She was a children’s book editor for many years. She lives in Illinois. 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Abby Levine and illustrator Paige Billin-Frye follow up their This Is the Turkey with the paper-over-board This Is the Dreidel. Rhymes set to the cadences of "The House That Jack Built" trace one boy's holiday experience and end with a "Goodbye to the candles, so brave and so bright;/ goodbye to the wonder of Hanukkah lights." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"This is the dreidel Max takes from the drawer/where he had placed it one year before" begins this very readable picture book for the young set. The progressive story moves on to the menorah "down from the shelf" and the "rainbow of candles" from which to choose and moves on to the blessings and the other elements of Hanukkah. The rhymes work well, and you will recognize the "This Is the House That Jack Built" cadences as you go along. There is a double spread with a different menorah in each window, each with the next cumulative number of candles burning. And all the bases are covered: guests, dreidel game, stories, songs, presents. I like the addition of the "pushke"—the charity box— into which the children drop a dollar bill, updating the concept of giving to the less fortunate something more than the traditional coins. And so it goes till the last page that wraps it all up with the reverse telling, "This is the family, gathered around,/ watching the candles, like stars, burning down/...Goodbye to the candles so brave and so bright;/ goodbye to the wonder of Hanukkah lights!" The water color and pencil line pictures are totally adorable—you'll love this family and their enjoyment of their holiday. There's a glossary at the end. 2003, Whitman, Ages 3 to 7.
— Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A simple introduction to the Festival of Lights, told in rhymed couplets. Max and his little sister, Ruth, are getting ready for the celebration by shining the menorah and choosing the candles. They proceed to participate in a wide variety of traditional activities, including playing dreidel, singing songs, eating latkes, and listening to Grandpa read the story of Hanukkah. Billin-Frye's colored-pencil, acrylic, and gouache pictures illustrate the rhyme in an appealing and child-friendly way.-M. A. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Max gets his dreidel out of the drawer where it's been stashed since last year and the Hanukkah celebration begins. In iambic pentameter hinting of The House That Jack Built, Levine describes the preparations Max and his family make for the holiday: "This is the dreidel Max spins on the floor. / He hopes that he doesn't get ‘Nun' anymore." The final two pages wrap up the previous activities in a sweet reflection on the wonder of the eight days that have gone before and Max puts away the dreidel until next year. Appealing, cartoon-like drawings of Max and his warm, cozy family match the easy rhythm of the text. Glossary of terms included. (Picture book. 3-5)
From the Publisher

"A welcome addition to the holiday shelf."

Booklist

"Appealing, cartoon-like drawings of Max and his warm, cozy family match the easy rhythm of the text."

Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781497641075
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
13 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Abby Levine is the author of numerous books for children including This Is the Pumpkin and Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! She was a children’s book editor for many years. She lives in Illinois. 

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