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Nine Spoons: A Chanukah Story

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As the last night of Chanukah draws to a close, Oma once again tells her grandchildren the story of the treasured little menorah, "the Children's Menorah, " miraculously created out of self-sacrifice by the women in a Nazi concentration camp. Oma's bunkmate then, Raizel, muses that she could make a menorah out of spoons, but "in the camp, spoons were valued like gold." In ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Hachai Publishing
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Steve Cran
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful little children's book that can be read in an hour. Gives a great over view for children about Jewish culture and the experience of a comunity under duress. Oma the grandmother tells a story of her childhood experience in the concentation camp. Nights before Channukah it is snowing out and the people want to celebrate channukah. A craftswoman who sews clothes and workes well with her hand is given the task. But she needs nine spoons in order to craft her menorah. Spoons are like gold ...more
Sandra Bornstein
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holocaust picture books should not be avoided. Instead, they should be chosen carefully. This award winning book (Sidney Taylor Book Award Winner) should be checked out by anyone who wants to introduce the Holocaust to primary school children or older students. It combines historical events with the significance of Chanukah. As the true story is retold, the reader learns about the Jewish principle of mesiras nefesh-self sacrifice for the performance of a good deed. Although the story includes mu ...more
Elise Cohen
"A wonderful, if tear-jerking Chanukah story. A true story as related on behalf of the author's grandmother, this tells of a group of women in a concentration camp who were determined to create a proper Chanukah menorah for their own use and for the sake of the children imprisoned with them. One of them, an artist, decides she can create a kosher menorah of spoons if the others can collect nine precious spoons for her use; together they gather the spoons one by one and are able to create a small ...more
Debbie
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a really beautiful story about how prisoners in a concentration camp sacrificed their precious spoons to make a Chanukah menorah. Years later, one of the survivors tells the story to her grandchildren every Chanukah. This story makes sense as a children's book, unlike other Holocaust-related stories, because it shows the unhappy conditions of the camps without showing the violence. It makes the connection between the importance of faith and tradition, community, the past, and the present ...more
Matthew
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This carefully created picture book provides the ideal introduction to the Holocaust and the Jewish traditions that people continued to observe. The text is well done and beautifully illustrated. I enjoyed this though with a sense of melancholy since I knew that it was true with all its regrettable circumstances. I wish there never had to be a story of such tremendous suffering, but it's still well done for the event it illustrates.
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