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Hanukkah in Alaska Hardcover – October 22, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805097481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805097481
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Originally published as a story in A Hanukkah Treasury (Holt, 1998), this book is only nominally about the holiday. Rewritten and packaged as a picture book, it features a nameless young narrator who describes what it's like living in urban Alaska, where winters are short on daylight and long on snow, and where a hungry moose might choose to eat the trees in your backyard. Several pages into the book, readers learn that it is Hanukkah, but even pretending to be a spinning dreidel in the snow doesn't stop this girl from worrying about the moose, particularly when he gets too close to her swing. On the last night of the holiday, the girl's father takes her outside to behold the aurora borealis, "Our very own Hanukkah Festival of Lights." The glorious colors remind her of melting candles on the menorah, but then once again the girl is distracted by the moose, and finally has the clever idea of luring him out of the yard. Acrylic and gouache illustrations beautifully display the shadowy, rich palette of winter in Alaska, tempered by the glow of candles and the northern lights.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Here’s a new twist on the celebration of Hanukkah—this story features a moose. The narrator, like author Brown, lives in Alaska, where a moose might be right around the corner. In fact, there’s one in the girl’s backyard, and she is not happy. Even Hanukkah hasn’t cheered her, because that voracious moose seems determined to tear down her swing. Not until her father takes her out to look at the amazing northern lights does she perk up and figure out just what kind of food will take the moose’s attention away from the swing—latkes! This is a splendid mix of information about the state, the holiday, moose, and the aurora borealis (an author’s note adds info). The acrylic-and-gouache art often glows, echoing the theme of light that threads the story. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper

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Barbara uses the voice of a young girl to educate the reader about the day-to-day concerns of living in Alaska during the winter. The engaging and descriptive narrative includes an assortment of facts that helps children understand a climate that is different from theirs. Stacey’s illustrations go hand-in-hand with the text. The reoccurring images of the moose help to move the story along. An array of colors captures the magnificence of the Aurora Borealis. The narrator compares this natural phenomenon to the melted wax from many Chanukah menorah candles.

A moose continually fascinates the girl. It walks freely through the snow-covered streets and meanders in her yard. Sometimes its head got caught in her swing. Using a batch of latkes (potato pancakes that are traditionally eaten during Chanukah), she is able to free the moose and create an incentive for the moose to leave her yard. Sprinkled throughout the text are references to Chanukah. An author’s note provides additional information about Alaska and Chanukah.
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By Dolores on January 7, 2014
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Both my 2-year old and my 6-year old loved this one. I'm always looking for a new angle on an old holiday and this one gave us great insight into life in Alaska!
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By penguin on November 30, 2013
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Gave one to each family and they all loved it. I read it to them both nights they all slept here.
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