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The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

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From an imaginative team come a new larger-than-life holiday hero who brings Hanukkah wonder and generosity to anyone in need!

Nate Gadol is a great big spirit with eyes as shiny as golden coins and a smile that is lantern bright. He can make anything last as long as it is needed, like a tiny bit of oil that must stretch for eight nights, a flower that needs to stay fresh t
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Candlewick Press

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Yapha
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hold onto your menorahs, there's a new Hanukkah hero in town! Nate Gadol (a clever play on the saying "Nes Gadol" meaning a great miracle) has the ability to make things last longer than they should, like the oil in the original in Hanukkah story. This clever story explains the introduction of presents into the Hanukkah celebration, with more details in the author's note. The sparkly gold in the illustrations, reminiscent of Hanukkah gelt, lights up every page. Add this one to your Hanukkah stor ...more
Margie
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As mentioned in the first post, in times of darkness, especially on a global level, people will seek and embrace the joy of celebrations. These observances remind us of family, unity, and connectivity. They remind us of past, present, and future miracles.

Four September publications draw our attention to three holidays. They present the best each event offers. They individually and collectively are a form of light.

This year Hanukkah begins on the evening of December 10, 2020 and finishes on the
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Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Meet Nate Gadol, a magical Hanukkah hero who brings luck and generosity to those in need. Nate can't make something from nothing, but he can help things stretch. Have just one piece of chocolate for a whole family? Nate can make that piece stretch for everyone. Need a little oil to last eight days and nights? Nate is there to help.

Nate takes a particular interests in the Glaser family, new immigrants to the United States determined to help their neighbors, even if that means that their Hanukkah
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Sandy Brehl
When it comes to colorful and creative holiday magic, Nate Gadol launches a delightful new Hanukkah holiday hero onto the landscape of winter season stories. Back pages provide Levine's confession of his Jewish childhood longing to feel more connected to the socially-overwhelming Christmas celebrations (and presents!).
Nate Gadol is a made-to-order, larger than life hero who just happens to know Santa, too. Nate's super-power ability to stretch the tiniest tokens into "enough", to turn token amo
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Abby Johnson
With the aim of introducing a new mythological figure to Hanukkah (think about Rudolf or Santa Claus in regards to Christmas), this bright, own-voices picture book presents Nate Gadol, a magical being with the power to make objects stretch. From making one night's worth of lamp oil stretch for 8 nights to stretching out a meager portion of chocolate so there's enough for all the children or stretching much-needed medicine for a neighbor's baby, Nate Gadol is there. This is a great addition to ho ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Magical Nate Gadol is a great big spirit who can make things last as long as they need to. When the Glasser family comes to live in the US, it seems that they will only have a very small Hanukkah. Their neighbors are having troubles, too, and even Santa is having difficulty. It's magical Nate Gadol to the rescue.

What a fun character is this Nate Gadol! The whole book, with its bright illustrations and great text, is a delight.
Mary
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Bold colorful illustrations with sparkling gold details help tell the story of a benevolent new legendary-type spirit who helps stretch things that are running out, and who takes a particular interest in a Jewish family newly immigrated to America who help their Irish neighbors, but then don’t have anything for their own children at Hanukkah.
Mary Sanchez
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is destined to be a classic winter holiday classic. Santa Claus now has an equal Jewish magical spirit and friend-- Nate Gadol, who also gives presents and holiday joy to children.

The beautiful acrylic illustrations are highlighted in gold and give the pictures a three-dimensional textural quality. They enhance this lovely story.
Kirsti Call
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This beautiful Hanukkah story mirrors the magic of Christmas, and even involves Santa. Lyrical words combine with lovely illustrations for a festive read!
Lisa D
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Beautiful book!
Terri
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very cute story introducing a first time character of Hanukkah.
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