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Runaway Dreidel!

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
When a dreidel that takes off through a boy’s living room, the boy—and readers—are taken on a runaway adventure through city streets and along country roads, where modern times and history blend together in magical ways. This celebration of one of Chanukah’s most fun traditions—spinning the dreidel—is sure to be a welcome addition to this healthy holiday category.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Square Fish (first published 2002)
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Rae Borman
The story is written in the cadence of Twas the Night Before Christmas, so it has a wonderful rhythm that appeals to young ears.
The kids heard this story at a library holiday story time. It was very cute. The librarian had them up spinning like dreidels. This makes a nice introduction to Hanukkah.
Ala Abdallah
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was enjoyable to read. It starts off with a young boy who spins his dreidel while his family prepares for Chanukah. As he reaches to stop it from spinning it goes out of control. It spins out of the apartment, out of the building and on to the street. Soon, he and all of his family and neighbors are chasing after it until it eventually gets to the beach and flies up into the sky. Many Jewish words were used such as "latke" a meal and "kosher" meaning clean and without dairy or pork. It ...more
Cassandra Neal
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked that this book incorporated traditional Jewish ideals/symbols and also presented it in a format that most American children have been exposed to. I think this makes the story more relatable for all children in the classroom as it has a common theme they are familiar with while integrating new ideas. I would use this for a Christmas aronud the world theme or simply to expose children to cultures and religions that live within their community that they may not have much knowledge of ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was light and fun and the kids loved it. The boy chases the dreidel that he spun a little too well all through town, into the countryside, and across the sea before he eventually has to give up the chase as it crosses the horizon into outer space and shines in the night sky like a star. I really liked that it was told with a simple rhyming text that was easy for the kids to understand.
when i was around five, my best friend got me a personalized version of this book that substituted all of the character's in the book with the names of my friends and family. needless to say this was my favorite book for a long long time because it felt like a magical adventure story written about me!
Nancy Schroeder
A little boy's new dreidel slips out of his hands and leads him on a chase through town, into the country, out to the ocean, and into the sky. He describes the adventure (and many other Chanukah traditions) in a poem.
Funny and rhyming and awesome illustrations!
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one at story time and the kids really enjoyed it. It has great illustrations and is a fun twist on "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" from a young Jewish boy's perspective.
Shanshad Whelan
Eh, I'm not sure what to think about this. . . the artwork is fun and the story isn't bad, but why make the text mimic the form of The Night Before Christmas?
Evie Sweet
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First library book from the Anona Elementary Library.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cute story about a runaway top. The illustrations are unique and it is nice to see references to Jewish culture beyond the events of Hanukkah in the story.
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charming Chanukah story about a dreidel that spins out of control and leads a family on a merry chase. Rhyming text and lovely, textured illustrations.

themes: dreidel, Chanukah, family
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fun story, that is quite descriptive poetically and visually.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great story for children who have some knowledge on Chanukah. Would need a little bit of background information for beginners; some of the terms are matched with images, but might need explaining.
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