This Is the Dreidel

This Is the Dreidel

by Abby Levine, Paige Billin-Frye
     
 

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Max and his family celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah. 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.

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Max and his family celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah. 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.

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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)
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"A welcome addition to the holiday shelf."

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619131347
Publisher:
Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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