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Holidays around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels

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In Celebrate Hanukkah Deborah Heiligman welcomes readers to a holiday celebrated by Jewish communities around the world.

The vivid photography of National Geographic illustrates the joyous celebrations of Jewish people around the world—including Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, the United States and Poland, as they light menorahs, spin dreidels, and make latkes.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published September 12th 2006)
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Mary Ann
Heiligman has written an excellent series for National Geographic, exploring how many different holidays are celebrated around the world. In this volume, she begins with a simple, clear retelling of the Hanukkah story. But most of the book explores how Hanukkah is celebrated around the world, in places as such as Poland, South Korea, Uganda and Peru. The full-page photographs depict children and adults lighting candles, reciting prayer, and playing dreidels. I especially like how Heiligman uses ...more
A very brief book with a very long title. It is full of beautiful photographs of real children celebrating the holiday all over the world, with the story simply told. Great for early readers or reading to very young children.

What is interesting to me in learning about Hanukkah is that it has a very rich layering of meanings, the least important of which is the concept of it being Another Winter Festival. I think the most powerful and beautiful message is one that any believer should embrace, whe
Apr 17, 2014 Mar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These children's books are great for teaching about world religions. I like the information. I like the photos and the recipes. Makes explaining things in a class nice and easy when one can do it with pictures.
Dec 11, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great series "Celebrate ...." by National Geographic that covers most main holidays celebrated around the world. I recommend this entire series as it covers the holidays throughout the world, giving students information about different traditions (and it has great photographs which the children love).
Hear an interview about Celebrate Hanukkah with author Deborah Heiligman on The Book of Life podcast's December 2006 episode at
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Deborah Heiligman's second job was at the Scholastic News Explorer, the 4th grade classroom magazine. There discovered that she loved writing for children and she has never looked back.

After the birth of her two children she started to work as a freelancer. She has written 28 children's books as well as articles for numerous magazines including Ladies' Home Journal, Sesame Street Parents Guide, P
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