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Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589804546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589804548
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,488,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Nathan wants to buy his own menorah, but when he goes shopping with his grandfather, he finds that they are either too expensive or not quite right. After the man reminisces about dealing with peddlers in the old days, they find a silver menorah in a junk shop. Although the ending is rather pat, the story has a straightforward appeal that many kids will appreciate, and Grandpa (who stands aside to let Nathan do the haggling himself) is a gem. The bargaining session itself is realistic and entertaining (Nathan eyed the man coolly. 'It has a dent.' 'Dent, shment,' the shopkeeper mocked. 'It's pure silver. It's a steal at ten dollars'). Although the facial features and expressions are sometimes a bit exaggerated, the full-spread illustrations do a good job of complementing the text. A short afterword explains the holiday and the role of the menorah. While this story is only tangentially about Hanukkah, it is a good intergenerational selection for larger or specialized collections.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Format: Hardcover
Colorful watercolors illustrate the reissue of this Hanukkah title first published in 1986. In this story Nathan has carefully saved his quarters to buy a Hanukkah menorah of his own, but when his grandfather takes him shopping everything he looks at is too expensive. Then his grandfather recounts his own experiences as a boy when peddlers sold things from carts, and everyone knew to bargain with them before agreeing on a final price. That's when Nathan sees an old tarnished menorah in a shop window, and bargains his way to a deal with the elderly shopkeeper. Subtle textual differences in the new edition seem designed to reach children another generation removed from the original, and reflect a changed social attitude toward haggling. "The peddler gave a price, but he expected the customer to offer less. Much less." The friendly two-page spreads are painted in winter tones with splashes of color. Nathan is a wide-eyed confident boy while grandpa and the shopkeeper exude the kindly wisdom of their years. An expanded author's note explains the origins and tradition of lighting the Hanukkah menorah. While not necessarily an improvement over the original, this edition will be enjoyed by new and old readers alike. Recommended for ages 6 - 10. Reviewed by Teri Markson
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What child doesn't love to bargain? I know my daughter does. "You need to be ready for bed by 8:00."
"Oh, Mom! Everyone else goes to bed at nine." "Well, 8:30." "What if I'm in bed reading at 8:30?" That's how it goes all day long at our house. So it is no surprise that my daughter loves Jacqueline Dembar Greene's Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain. My daughter loves listening to the bargaining between Nathan and the old shopkeeper. She feels clever noticing the way the shopkeeper inconspicuously lowers his price in response to Nathan's comments, and she loves pointing that out to me. It is also wonderful for her to see a child triumph while bargaining with an adult! I also love the warmth and friendliness of the book. One lovely illustration shows the bargain concluded: the grandfather stand with his arm around the shopkeeper and both watch solemn-eyed Nathan affectionately as he reaches out for to claim the menorah from an earlier time. This is a lovely book also about a child connecting with his past and the traditions and history that have shaped the present day. It is a warm, charming, playful book both for children who clebrate Hanukkah and for those who are learning about the holiday.
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