School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-5 Danny and Judy eagerly listen to the stories that their family has to tell for each of the eight nights of Hannukah. However, the fun really begins at bedtime, when their dreidel turns into a space ship, and they are whisked off through time and space for a nightly adventure, returning with a souvenir of their trip. The story of Hannukah is neatly interwoven into each of their eight escapades, all connected by the theme of freedom. The tale of a soldier lighting a menorah on the battlefield and inspiring General George Washington is a particularly appealing one. However, the ``jivey'' tone, in an attempt to appeal to contemporary children, falls flat, and minimizes the strength inherent in the stories. The text often descends into non-grammatical colloquialisms such as ``ya know,'' and utilizes slang such as ``louse,'' ``stinker,'' and ``honcho of an elephant'' which only serves to trivialize the intent of the tales. Full-color claymation illustrations on glossy pages suggest action and movement appropriate to the text. While more stories about this holiday are badly needed, this does not have the warmth of Burstein's The Hanukkah Cat (Kar-Ben Copies, 1985; o.p.). Micki S. Nevett, Temple Beth Emeth, Albany, N.Y.
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