The Story of Hanukkah
"No celebration of Hanukkah would be complete without recounting the events of more than two thousand years ago that the holiday commemorates. In a simple yet dramatic text and vibrant paintings, the story of the courageous Maccabees and the miracle that took place in the Temple in Jerusalem is retold"--Amazon.com.
Published 2011 by Holiday House
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The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler and illustrated by Jill Weber is a informative picture book on the history of Hanukkah. Religion is always a touchy subject when it comes to the public education system, but I think this book is a good education tool. Around the holidays many religions are being celebrated, and children need to know about the different holidays and religions. I liked this book because it teaches the history of Hanukkah and gives some background information on Judaism.I am...more
The story of Hanukkah by David A. Alder explains a lot of history behind the Jewish religion. Coming from a christian background I personally learned about a few differences in how they go about celebrating during holidays. Alder gave us insight on Judaism and how Hanukkah is celebrated as well as related things to our present time. Discussing this book with others we agreed this book might be touchy to have in a public school system, however it would be good for students to learn about more tha...more
Filled with bright illustrations and a story that simplistic enough for younger readers this is a great cultural picture book. The book tells the story of how and why those that celebrate Hanukkah do so. The last very pages feature how some may celebrate and some recipes to try out. The book was indeed enjoyable. I feel both younger readers will be drawn in by the pictures in a read aloud while older readers will stay tuned for the story.
David Alder's book describing the events that led to the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah is entertaining and informative. Weber's folk style illustrations allow readers to empathize with the ancient events in the story. Alder includes Jewish words and definitions in the story as well as a recipe for Latkes, a traditional Jewish dish and instructions on how to play Dreidel, a traditional Jewish game.
Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-...moreMore about David A. Adler...