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By the Hanukkah Light
When Grandpa was a boy growing up in Europe, he celebrated Hanukkah in much the way children do today. He sang songs, played dreidel, and ate potato pancakes. Yet Hanukkah was very different. His family could not share the joy of Hanukkah with the world. They were forced to observe the holiday behind locked doors and drawn curtains. In those days, a man came with soldiers ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Boyds Mills Press
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I really enjoyed this book and actually learned some information about Hanukkah that I myself did not know before reading it. Rachel is a little girl who loves celebrating Hanukkah with her family each year. Her grandfather always tells the story of the origin of Hanukkah as they clean and light the Hanukkiah, a silver candle holder, on the first day of Hanukkah. This particular candle holder has nine candles and represents the eight days the temple lamp burned with barely any oil. It is ...more
This narrative is about a Jewish family's Hanukkah celebration. The main character, Rachel, enjoys preparing for Hanukkah with her grandfather and listening to his Hanukkah stories that she promises to pass on to her children one day. This book could promote recall and discussion of stories passed down in the students' families during holiday celebrations. The illustrations connect well to the stories told by the grandfather.
Dec 17, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a nicely detailed story about the meaning of Hanukkah and the link between what happened over 2000 years ago and what happened during WWII. The persecution of a people is a terrible tragedy, but it is the inspiring spirit of survival and rededication that teaches us how to be better human beings. The illustrations are softly rendered and the narrative is simple, yet emotionally deep. Our girls really liked this story, among the many we've read about Hanukkah this year.