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Celebrate! Stories of the Jewish Holidays Hardcover – September, 1998


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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590935038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590935036
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Jewish holidays are called the "jewels in the crown" of the Jewish year. This jewel of a collection by respected author Gilda Berger is a celebration of Jewish traditions, including Bible stories, time lines, recipes, crafts, and commentaries on the holidays. Each chapter covers one Jewish holiday, with a retelling of a related story from the Bible, followed by sections called "What We Celebrate," "How We Celebrate," and "Crafts and Food." A time line in each chapter places the origins of that holiday in its historical context, and a map of the Middle East and a complete index are also included. Glowing paintings by Peter Catalanotto introduce and follow each Bible story. The crafts and recipes are written with careful, simple directions, illustrated with clear diagrams when appropriate. Children (with a little help from an adult) can make a homemade dreidel or menorah, stir up a batch of latkes or cheese blintzes, or create Purim puppets with the directions given here. The author's goal in writing this book was to create one source that could be used by families throughout the year at each Jewish holiday. A superb choice for Jewish families or anyone interested in learning more about these ancient traditions. (Age 4 to adult) --Marcie Bovetz

From Publishers Weekly

Including the historical significance of the major holidays of the Jewish faith, "Berger's lively, detailed and all-around enjoyable collection is indeed something to celebrate," said PW in a starred review. "Catalanotto's dramatic watercolors illustrate such legendary scenes as a Hanukkah lamp burning bright and Queen Esther saving her people from King Ahasuerus." Ages 5-9.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This has proven to be the perfect book to help our own (Catholic) children learn about the holidays our Jewish friends and neighbors celebrate throughout the year. Thank you, Gilda Berger and Peter Catalanotto!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I used this book to introduce my private-school, sixth grade students to some Jewish holidays. The stories are clear, entertaining, and accurate, explaining the history and religious reasons for each holiday without being educationally or spiritually overwhelming. They are written with love and care; even my non-Jewish students remembered and referred to the stories throughout the year. This book is a treasure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Aimed at intermediate or slightly older readers (but also could be read aloud to younger readers) this is an excellent introduction to the major Jewish holiday, including traditional ways to celebrate the holidays, recipes, activities and history. Adults as well as children are likely to learn something new about each holiday - I know I did!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Good books on Jewish traditions and heritage are very hard, if not almost impossible, to find. This book is easy to read and understand - for adults and children alike.
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