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Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah Hardcover – September, 2000

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Jewish families around the world each have their own special customs to celebrate Hanukkah. The family featured here celebrates each of the eight days of the holiday with an important ritual. On the first night they light the first candle of their silver menorah, sing songs, and take turns reading about Judah Maccabee and his friends, who refused to give up their faith two thousand years ago. On the second night they go to Grandma and Grandpa's and light two candles, then make delicious latkes (potato pancakes). On the third night they light three candles and gather together clothing and toys they don't need anymore to give away to people who aren't as lucky as they are. As each of the eight days goes by, the family builds their own set of traditions that teach them about Hanukkah and togetherness.

Written from a child's perspective, and illustrated with friendly pictures by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan, Michael J. Rosen's story of one family's festivities shows young readers that acceptance and love are tremendously important elements of Hanukkah. While celebrating the seventh night with close Christian friends, the child narrator says "Did I tell you that our Hanukkah is also about people of different religions living alongside one another?" Warm, cozy, and instructive in the gentlest way, this book is a treasure to be shared. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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Ages 5-8. As the title indicates, this is about the way one particular family celebrates Hanukkah. Those eight nights are so warm and encompassing that many readers will want to adapt some of the narrator's traditions as their own. It's never really clear which of the older siblings is relating the events, but night by night, the narrator tells of all the things that make Hanukkah special: polishing Great-Grandmother's menorah; singing Hanukkah songs; eating latkes. On the third night, the children gather toys and clothes to give away; night four is the party at the synagogue; and night five is a dinner with family and friends, a multicultural occasion. Shopping for gifts and bringing them to a shelter, spending an evening with best friends who aren't Jewish, and finally, on night eight, opening presents with the immediate family, make for a full and joyous occasion. The story of Hanukkah, and, just as important, what the holiday means, are woven throughout. DiSalvo-Ryan's watercolors match the text in their warmth and wealth of familial detail. It's the inclusive message and the sharing across cultures, however, that may strike the most responsive chord with children. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823414760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823414765
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,616,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Overrun on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have searched high and low for a wonderful Hanukkah story and have always felt something was missing from each one of them...they never seemed to quite hit on what I, as a Jew in Texas, feel at Hanukkah. I am sure many Jewish parents like myself have been waiting for this book....it touches all the bases: the history of Hanukkah, the foods, the presents, but also the conflict with Christmas (which has been treated in a sensitive, positive and even uplifting way in this story). Through the description of one family's eight-day holiday, the book suggests ways to celebrate and treasure each day of this holiday that makes a Jew "proud of your religion." This book also explores tzedakah, sharing, and world community and acceptance. It is truly a celebration of Hanukkah, but even more, it is a celebration of being Jewish. I know my kids--and even myself--needed to hear this as we head into the Christmas season with all it's inherent conflicts and mixed emotions (especially in Texas!!)
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By Sonya Ann Lynch on December 20, 2014
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Good book.
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