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Chanukah in Chelm

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  11 reviews
There are two Chelms. One is a real town in Poland. The other Chelm, the one in this story, is a make-believe town famous in Jewish folklore. Its people have good hearts, great dreams . . . and very little sense! Tall tales about foolish folk of Chelm have been shared amd chuckled over for centuries, and David Adler carries on the tradition masterfully in "Chanukah in ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
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Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated and humorous story. Loved finding the sardonic cat on each page and seeing the funny plays on words sprinkled throughout. Also loved learning about the Jewish culture, the lighting of the menorah, and the make-believe town of Chelm.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up because Chelm. This was such a great, funny picture book!
Genny Flett
Subgroup: Hanukkah (Judaism)

Genre: Folklore

Topics: Common holiday ritual and traditions

Synopsis: The story takes place in a Chelm is that a town famous in Jewish folklore. This town is made up of people who have very little sense. Mendel, the synagogue caretaker, is asked by the Rabbi to find a table to set the menorah on so everyone in the town can see it lit for "Chanukah." Mendel looks in the storage closet and does not find a table to sets out on a journey to borrow a table from Berel, the
Oct 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
The 'Wise" folk of Chelm who live in a mythical Polish town are faced with a problem of momentous proportions. There is no table on which to place the synagogue's Channukah menorah, the first night of the holiday is drawing near, and this seemingly simple problem generates hilarious results.

This version of the traditional "wise" men of Chelm tales does not disappoint as the characters engage the readers with their simple foolishness. The speech bubbles embedded in the illustrations, often
Lisa Overberg
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: holidays
This book is about a young man who is a part of a Jewish community. For Chanukah, he needed to find a table to place the Menorah on and he goes on an adventure to find one. After struggling to get one, he realizes that he had one all along. It includes simple comedic humor and side jokes made by animals and/or community members.

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.0-3.9
Lisa Bricker
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok, they're groaners, but I like the jokes and puns in this book!
Jewish Kids Book Circle
Love this hysterical story! Kids love the many plays of words.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
A yearly ritual.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Classic story - well told and the illustrations were quite fun.
Dec 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, holiday
I think some of the humor was over my 5 year old's head.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Story was confusing. I didn't like the quotation bubbles, even though some of them were funny and played on words, because they were distracting.
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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 ...more