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Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Putting a spin on the classic A Christmas Carol, > Codell and Pham follow Old Scroogemacher, a tyrant who experiences a Hanukkah like no other, in which three rabbis manage to turn him into a mensch. Full color.
Hardcover, 53 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Hyperion Books
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Althea J.
Dec 29, 2016 Althea J. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jews who don't feel overly compelled to light the candles - a fresh perspective for you
I was suspicious of this book as I started reading it. A Hanukkah version of Dickens' Christmas Carol depicting the Scrooge character as a typically offensive Jewish stereotype --- a penny-pinching, slave driving old miser.

I was reading the book with my boyfriend's 9 year old who has had little to no exposure to Jewish culture, so I stopped reading it with him after the first couple pages. I didn't want his view of Jews to be shaped by this caricature. Also, the dialogue is filled with yiddish p
Meet the Rabbis of Hanukkah Past, Present and Future.

Yes - this is a retelling of the Dickens story, told from the perspective of someone who doesn’t feel the need to celebrate Hanukkah. It’s about remembering who you are. It’s about kindness and hate. It’s about America. And being Jewish in America.

It’s quite a different take on the story, and it really works. I loved the infusion of Yiddish and learning so many new words - though a few seemed shoe-horned in.

I was curious about the backgroun
Mira Domsky
Dec 04, 2010 Mira Domsky rated it it was amazing
An adaptation of Dickens' classic Christmas Carol. The cranky Mr. Scroogmacher gets a lesson in the importance of Hanukkah, and remembering the past in order to build a bright future. Beautiful illustrations, and written with great character. Full of interesting history, as well is funny characterization.
Dec 09, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it
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Interesting re-telling of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Set in turn of the century NYC, main character owns a factory where he overworks and underpays the workers. He is taught his lesson by 3 ghosts.

The pictures are wonderful, which is why this got a four-star rating. The Yiddish has a glossary in the back.
This book is a Jewish take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Old man Scroogemacher is a greedy man who treats people, even his own family, with meanness and contempt. Will the ghost of Hanukkah Past, Present and Future, be able to save him, his family, and his business? Read this clever children's book to find out.
Kate Hastings
Nov 19, 2008 Kate Hastings rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 2-6
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A "christmas carol" adapted for the Jewish Holiday.
I really liked this book, it had a great message
Taylor Kundel-Gower
Dec 04, 2014 Taylor Kundel-Gower rated it liked it
Interesting adaptation of "A Christmas Carol".
Jul 29, 2011 Rivkah. rated it really liked it
A great spin on the story of the Christmas Carol. I love how the author is able to adapt it to Jewish history so easily.
Nov 20, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
This picture book is a Jewish retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
It also has nice illustrations
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Esme Raji Codell is the recipient of a prestigious James Patterson Pageturner Award for spreading the excitement of books in an effective and original way. She has been a keynote speaker for the International Reading Association and the American Library Association, a “virtual” keynote for the National Education Association’s “Stay Afloat!” online conference for first-year teachers, and a featured ...more
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