When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

by Eric Kimmel, Barbara McClintock
     
 

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Little Mindy Klein lives with her tiny family behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. When Mindy's father sprains his ankle right before Hanukkah, he is unable to bring home a candle for the menorah. So Mindy decides to set out and find the candle herself. But first she has to face off with an enormous, frightening cat. With a lot of bravery (and a little… See more details below

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Little Mindy Klein lives with her tiny family behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. When Mindy's father sprains his ankle right before Hanukkah, he is unable to bring home a candle for the menorah. So Mindy decides to set out and find the candle herself. But first she has to face off with an enormous, frightening cat. With a lot of bravery (and a little help from grandpa) Mindy manages to save Hanukkah just in time. . . and learns the true meaning behind the Festival of Lights.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Kimmel creates a family of Jewish elves who live behind a wall in New York's Eldridge Street synagogue in this innovative tale. Once you fall for this clever theme, you'll easily appreciate their plight when Papa, who always manages to find one big Hanukkah candle for the family to melt down into their own eight-day supply of small ones, is disabled with a sprained ankle and cannot search the synagogue as usual. Who will brave the lurking cat, who also lives in this house of worship? How will the family celebrate the holiday? Never fear, Mindy to the rescue! The gallant efforts of the tiny heroine will have you cheering as the little family greets Hanukkah on time, with all the accustomed props.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3--The miniature-sized Kleins live behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. It's the day before Hanukkah and the family is preparing for its holiday celebration. When Papa stumbles through the door, his clothing torn and without a candle, they learn that the synagogue has gotten a cat. Brave little Mindy then volunteers to venture out to find a candle, despite the danger. Eventually, the child encounters the dreaded beast, but is able to escape, thanks to the help of her resourceful grandfather.The human-sized candle is melted down to provide the family with ample lights to observe Hanukkah. The story and pictures are a perfect combination; with a humorous text and exquisite watercolor, black-ink, and gouache illustrations. Minute details and clever touches abound. The Kleins make use of human-sized objects--a pocket watch serves as a clock, and stamps make lovely pictures. The double-paged inside view of the synagogue is breathtaking. A spirited story with a diminutive heroine whose courage speaks volumes.--MMH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590371360
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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