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Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels (Holidays Around the World)

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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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This sophisticated, yet uncomplicated photographic storybook tells us about Hanukkah at its beginning and how it is celebrated in modern times. People and cultures from all over the world are highlighted.

Includes a Bibliography, Fact Sheet, Recipe for Latkes, Directions for Lighting the Menorah and Playing Dreidel, Web Sites to explore, a Glossary, a word about Hanukkah's meaning from Rabbi Shira Stern.
This book is a decent overview of the holiday & traditions.
This is a gorgeous Chanukah book with beautiful photos of the diverse celebrations of Chanukah world wide. It shows someone lighting a thirteen foot high menorah in Jacksonville, Florida, an Israeli soldier eating a jelly doughnut in the snow on Mt. Hermon, and children playing dreidl in Uganda. It's an enchanting visual international festival of Chanukah lights. Very interesting to me was the fact that the book begins by saying that ancient people celebrated Chanukah for eight days because that ...more
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
Dec 11, 2012 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).
Apr 17, 2014 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.
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 has been writing for children since she worked at Scholastic News soon after college. Since then she has written more than thirty books for children and teens. Her books include picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, and young adult nonfiction and fiction. Some titles: Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, a National Book Award finalist; The Boy Who Loved Math: The I ...more
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