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The Story of Hanukkah

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  24 reviews
No celebration of Hanukkah would be complete without recountng 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. For readers who want to continue the festivities, a recipe for latkes and ...more
Published 2011 by Holiday House
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Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this to my first graders for Social Studies-Holidays in December theme. This book is probably more appropriate for 2nd grade but my students did get some good vocabulary out of it, though not the main idea.
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Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival. It is a time when Jews enjoy time together as a family, playing games like dreidel, eating food such as potato pancakes (latkes) and doughnuts and having fun. They also light candles.

The Story of Hanukkah book, menorah (a special candle holder used in Jewish worship) and dreidels (a special game played at Hanukkah)
Hanukkah is the celebration of an ancient miracle. During the festival, families retell and remember the story of that miracle. This book uses simple lan
Sandra Sy
"The Story of Hanukkah" was copyrighted in 2011, by David A. Adler and Illustrated by Jill Weber. This is a great read-aloud book for 1st-3rd graders in teaching about how the holiday called Hanukkah came into being. Antiochus IV became king over Jerusalem and ordered that anyone who refused to worship Greek idols would be put to death. Mattathias, an old priest, refused the king’s orders and led a revolt with other Jews. After the death of Mattathias’, his son Judah, also called Maccabee which ...more
Taylor Relacion
The story of Hanukkah is about how the holiday Hanukkah came to be and how it is celebrated today. It explains the historical importance about Antiochus, Jerusalem, the revolt, the rebuilding of the temple etc. The day they rebuilt the temple, would be the date the celebrate Hanukkah for eight days. I would say this book would be for grades 1 through 3 because it isn't very content heavy and is easy to follow, the themes are not hard.
I would use this in my classroom because it would connect to
Mikaela Robbins
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Examine and reflect on a book on a cultural tradition, such as Chinese New Year, Day of the Dead etc. OR a religious holiday OR a book on a religion that is not Christian OR any book that celebrates cultural diversity.

Story of Hanukkah by David Adler
It follows the story of how Hanukkah came to be. After their temple had been knocked down, they decided to rebuild. They lit the ner tamid, with a small amount of oil that continued to burn 8 days straight, which was way longer than it should have. T
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educ-401
Fiction. A good book to have around the holidays. It talks about the story of Hanukkah and why some people celebrate this instead of Christmas. This book also has a guide on how to play the dreidel and how to make some snacks for Hanukkah. It can also be used as a guide to making decorations for the classroom.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Kait sang a song about Hanukkah for the kindergarten Holiday Show and so this was a great home-school connection for her.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Children's picture book of the story of Hanukkah. Tells the history, the traditions, and its importance. Pictures are okay. Good story for elementary students. ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A simplified telling of the origins of Hanukkah accompanied by colorful illustrations. We liked the inclusion of the latke recipe and dreidel instructions in the back.
A middle-of-the-road picture book about the origins of Hanukkah, dry on its own but likely useful as a teaching tool when read with latkes alongside.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
Well told with good illustrations. Bonus recipe and how to play the dradle game in the back of the book...krb 11/25/19
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful book for kids that explains the history of Hanukkah. Read it with my Sunday School kids today and we had an interesting discussion about religious freedom.
Chelsea Gail Smith
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Ben Truong
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Story of Hanukkah is a children's picture book written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Jill Weber. It is an informative, albeit a tad cursory, history of the beginnings of Hanukkah.

Adler's text is simplistic and straightforward. It retells the beginnings of Hanukkah and the miracle that made this event so important that it is celebrated worldwide. At the end, there is a recipe for Latkes and the instructions on how to play the Dreidel. Weber's illustrations are wonderfully depicted and
Kay Ray
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Chantee Jordan
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Carla Pelayo
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
A historical information text that is beautifully illustrated by Jill Weber. A very easy and understandable book for children in teaching them about the tradition of Hanukkah. I would use maps to identify where Israel is; the setting where this took place, bring in a dish called Latkes; a food that is eaten during Hanukkah and there is also a game called Dreidel that could be played with the students that is enjoyed during Hanukkah. I would recommend this book for grades 2-4.
Heather Jo
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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J. Jefferson
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Vibrant illustrations tell the story of Hanukkah in simple words. At the rear of the book are the direction for playing dreidel and a kid-friendly recipe for latkes.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
As usual David Adler writes a non-fiction book in a way that is easy for young readers to understand and learn from.
Sydney Conrad
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A short story about the history of Hanukkah. I love the recipe for Latkes and the instructions of how to play the Dradle game.
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David Abraham Adler is an American children's author. He was born in New York City, New York in 1947. 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 Unive ...more

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