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Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles Paperback – September 1, 2011


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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076136658X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761366584
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love my Jewish heritage and I love interacting with kids. That's why I write Jewish content books that get my readers involved. My stories are always accompanied by an added value activity. It may be cooking a recipe related to the tale, finding a character playing hide 'n seek in a beautifully illustrated picture, or having the reader write his/her own story at the end of the book. Whatever the activity, I want my readers to connect to my books. Although I live in Israel, I travel to the United States 1-2 times a year to give interactive book presentations in schools and community centers. I do virtual author visits as well. To find out more about my books and why I write them, please visit my website: www.tlwkidsbooks.com

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Jacob's older brother, Nathan, was so annoying it was pathetic. He just stood in front of the coffee table repeating himself until Jacob could hardly stand it. "Is it Hanukkah? Is it Hanukkah?" Their mother said his brain was "wired differently" and hoped that Jacob would be able to understand, but it was still difficult. It wasn't long before Nathan, who had a huge smile on his face, was bouncing up the stairs yelling something about how Hanukkah had eight days, there were fifty states, and then he started naming them. Jacob's Mom asked if he'd like to set up the menorah and soon he was pretending to be Judah Maccabee "winning the war against King Antiochus." That was lots of fun, but what Jacob was really going to do was to pray that Nathan would change stop repeating himself. Miracles do happen don't they?

That night they would light the first candle of Hanukkah with the "shamash, the helper candle," but that afternoon there was something else that was as exciting. A new boy named Steven moved in next door. They played together until Jacob's Dad came home with their Hanukkah desert, a box of jelly doughnuts. The family gathered around the menorah and the first candle was lit. After the blessings were said and everyone sang "ma'oz Tzur" Nathan leaned forward, took a deep breath and BLEW out the candles! Jacob was very angry, but Mom and Dad gently put their hands on Nathan's shoulders while Dad said, "Hanukkah candles are not like birthday candles. We don't blow them out." The next night the when Steven and his family came over Jacob just knew there was going to be trouble when his Mom invited them to stay and light the menorah. Would Nathan blow out the candles again? Would Steven still want to be his friend when he found out that Nathan was autistic?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Flint on February 13, 2012
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This title tries to shed light on the experience of dealing with autism in the realm of Judaism. I was saddened to read about a child with no understanding of his sibling's condition. I was offended by the depiction of Nathan as being simply annoying with no redeeming features.

As a Jewish mother of four boys, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, I found no valuable message within this story. There is no coming together of the family around the challenges of autism, there is only a pat resolution of a social crisis where the neurotypical child is helped to feel less marginalized by his brother's odd behaviors.

My children who are on the spectrum are wonderful individuals who really add to our holiday experiences. Their siblings who do not share their diagnosis love and appreciate them. They also understand them and their quirks.

I think a children's book about autism from a Jewish perspective should provide a positive vision of differences where neurotypical kids interact with and grow with their friends or siblings who have neurological differences. This is especially the case as more and more families and friends experience close encounters with autism. The diagnosis is only becoming more prevalent over time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By library lady on December 29, 2011
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This is a terrific book to read aloud to young children up to about 5th grade -- even pre-schoolers can understand a sensitively annotated reading. The feelings expressed by characters in the story promote good discussion about "differences" among us, and I'd leave it at that level, not going too far into explanations of autism, developmental delay, etc. The book nicely explores frustration and tolerance to children. An EXCELLENT library or classroom book.
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