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Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah Paperback – September 1, 2010
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David Harrington lives in Chula Vista, California and has a long-term interest in the mysteries of household magic.
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Top Customer Reviews
We have read it several times already and have had it only five days. I can see us reading this book several times every hanukkah until our sons are preteens and this book has whet their appetites for a more in depth telling of the story (if that doesn't happen before then).
This book does not discuss hanukkah traditions, so if you want a discussion of menorahs, dreidels, and latkes, go to another book. This does, however, tell the story of the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil in a fun and inspiring way. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to teach their young children about the Maccabees :)
I read in other reviews re the menorah in the beginning of the story being different than the one at the end of the story. The reason for this: the menorah in the beginning of the book has 7 candle slots, as used at temple mount in Jerusalem back in those times. This illustration is a clear depiction of what was really used. The modern day menorahs-the ones we use for celebrating Chanukkah have 9 spots for candles...this is because the miracle of oil burning for 8 days. 8 candles representing the the 8 days & the 9th (in the center) is the shemash....the candle we use to light all the other candles with.
I recommend this book to help explain the story of Chanukah to little ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must have for celebrating or learning the history of the Maccabees!Published 2 months ago by A. Richards
The 4 year old boy I nanny for is getting into super-hero themed stuff. This book is too cute!Published 4 months ago by Chelsea P.
fun book about the story of Chanukah. Nice pictures. The refrain is a bit awkward, but otherwise it's great. Read it to my kids several times over the week.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My two year old loves this story. We read it over and over again for Chanukah.Published 4 months ago by Arielle
Our almost 4 year old enjoys this book! It's a tough topic to make accessible to a toddler, and it's hard to know how much she really understands, but she loves reading it again... Read morePublished 4 months ago by anufromdurham