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Hanukkah Haiku Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 17, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 1–Combining festive illustrations and a playful format, this title uses haiku to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah. While the selections address only the most basic ideas (Four candles tonight./Grandma fries the latkes brown./We want applesauce), each turn of the stepped pages brings fresh excitement as another lit candle and verse are revealed. Illustrations have a lovely folkloric quality in which Chagall-like figures, surrounded by richly colored flowers and stars, float across a fibrous tan background. Of particular note are the gorgeous patterned edges on the versos that mirror the tones of the newly exposed candle. Endnotes include an explanation of the candle blessings. A lovely addition.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
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About the Author

Harriet Ziefert has vivid childhood memories of lighting the Hanukkah candles with her maternal grandfather, who always took her hand in his as he held the Shammash.

Karla Gudeon's paintings and prints are joyful representations of life, love, family, and Jewish ritual and culture. Her artwork is displayed in galleries and distinguished collections throughout the country and abroad, and she created illustrated characters and backgrounds for an exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York City. Karla lives in New York with Kevin, Sam and Max, and Lila Mae.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books (September 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934706337
  • ASIN: B003D7JVCK
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harriet Ziefert was born in New Jersey. She grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University. "About twelve years ago," says Ziefert in a 1995 interview, "I tried to get a job as an editor, but no one would hire me as a trade editor. So I decided to write my own books." Since then, she has written several hundred books, mostly picture books and easy-to-read books. "I write books very quickly," she says, "in about twelve hours. I rewrite them three times over three days, and then they're done." She writes about twenty books a year. Ziefert's picture book A New Coat for Anna is about a girl in a bombed-out European city during the months just after World War II. Anna has outgrown her old coat, and her mother trades her few surviving treasures--a watch, a lamp, a necklace, and a porcelain teapot--in order to obtain wool and have it spun, woven, and finally sewn into a fine red coat for Anna. A Horn Book Magazine reviewer stated, "the simple text, based on a true story, carries the narrative along effectively." The book, which was illustrated by Anita Lobel, was chosen as one of ten books to be read aloud by former First Lady Barbara Bush as part of a program promoting reading. Ziefert was invited to the White House for the occasion. The reason Ziefert began writing easy-to-read books was that she felt "they were getting too hard for kids to read in the first grade." She says that she wrote easy-to-read books with seventy-five or fewer words, even ones with fifty or fewer words, "to see how much of a story" she could produce with that limit. She enjoyed the challenge, and cites her book Sleepy Dog as an example. "Sleepy Dog is the most successful book I've ever done, in terms of number of books sold." She's also been working on a developmental program with publisher Dorling Kindersley, made up of books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Her book Pete's Chicken, which was illustrated by Laura Rader, was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review as "a simple, sweet 'Song of Myself' for children . . . [which] applauds the specialness of every child as it reminds parents of the healing power of just being there for children." Among her other books is a series of easy-to-read books, such as Trip Day and Worm Day, about an inventive science teacher and his rambunctious class of students. Ziefert's book Let's Get a Pet was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children by a joint committee of the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. . Ms. Ziefert lives in Maplewood, New Jersey and Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has two adult sons.

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A book for toddlers and preschoolers does not need to be 20 pages long. We received this book as a gift and love it. The poems are great. It is easy for my toddler and preschooler to both get into and the illustrations are gorgeous. This is a very beautiful book and I am glad that it is now part of our family library.
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Wonderful book for children (and adults) about Hanukkah. Illustrations are gorgeous and the
haiku format is very pleasant.
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This book cleverly reveals a new Hanukkah haiku and a lit candle as each additional page (of a different length) is turned. The child's view of previously added candles is preserved until you see a completed menorah on the right side of the book and a cascade of gorgeous illustrations from 8 pages on the other. The very last two pages thoroughly describe the blessings of the Hanukkah candles, with some blessings in English and Hebrew. I love this book so much that I'll purchase more copies for gifts.
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Karla Gudeon's illustrations make this Hanukkah book a work of art. It is a must buy for anyone looking for a Hanukkah book that is out of the ordinary and anyone looking for the perfect holiday gift.
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This book is wonderful and the illustrations are the best I have ever seen in a child's book!!! Looking for more books illustrated by Karla Gudeon!!
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