While the Candles Burn: Eight Stories of Hanukkah

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Timeless and contemporary stories for Hanukkah<P>Freedom, faith, courage--these are just some of the concepts at the heart of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. Noted storyteller Barbara Diamond Goldin offers eight stories, some original and some traditional, that range from many countries and centuries to reflect the significance of the holiday. With one story for each night of Hanukkah, this collection can be shared while the Hanukkah candles burn...and all year long.<P>"Goldin goes beyond the ...
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Timeless and contemporary stories for Hanukkah<P>Freedom, faith, courage--these are just some of the concepts at the heart of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. Noted storyteller Barbara Diamond Goldin offers eight stories, some original and some traditional, that range from many countries and centuries to reflect the significance of the holiday. With one story for each night of Hanukkah, this collection can be shared while the Hanukkah candles burn...and all year long.<P>"Goldin goes beyond the usual stories of latkes and dreidels to compose tales that beautifully reflect the meaning of the holiday." --<i>The Jewish Week</i><P>"[The stories] illuminate and celebrate the spiritual teachings of Judaism....[They] are well chosen and simply told." --<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><P>* A Picture Puffin <br>* Full-color illustrations <br>* 64 pages <br>* Ages 6 up

A collection of eight stories illuminating the meaning and the miracles of Hanukkah.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With its informative introduction and imaginative selection of little-known folktales and a few of Goldin's (Cakes and Miracles) original stories, this generously illustrated book is the likeliest gift book of the season's Hanukkah offerings. Goldin explores the themes of Hanukkah (e.g., miracles; the courage demanded by faith) with eight entries, one for each night of the holiday. The most shining aspect of her work is its breadth: her sources include Jewish folklore from Afghanistan, a story by I.L. Peretz, the Talmud and the real-life experiences of Holocaust survivors and of students of an Israeli school for Arabs and Jews. Greenstein (Mrs. Rose's Garden) gracefully straddles the range of settings with her sunny monocuts: the medium itself evokes tradition, but the artist's lines and use of color are contemporary and fresh. All ages. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Commenting on the "sunny" monocut illustrations, PW praised the unusual breadth of these eight "imaginative selections," one for each night of the holiday. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Eight charming read aloud stories help teach the tradition behind the Festival of Lights. Pretty sketches decorate the stories of faith, love, virtue and history. Read one memorable tale each night of Hanukkah.
Kirkus Reviews
In eight stories, Goldin (The Passover Journey, 1994, etc.) seeks to go beyond the specific historical basis for Hanukkah to the themes that the holiday celebrates: "religious freedom and commitment, faith, courage, charity, rededication, honoring women at Hanukkah, lights, and miracles."

Several of the stories focus on maintaining faith in the face of persecution. Others take a look at the tension between pride and charity, or explore such timely themes as Arab/Israeli relations or the role of women in Judaism. Only one is specifically a Hanukkah story, but whether original or traditional (with sources cited in the back), all illuminate and celebrate the spiritual teachings of Judaism. Goldin's book is a welcome addition for its broad-based evocation of a rich culture, and while some readers will be bogged down by the introduction and background material, the tales themselves are well-chosen and simply told. Greenstein's illustrations—monoprints overlaid with gouache—have a rustic appeal. A worthwhile collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140373417
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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