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Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik Hardcover – October 1, 2017
"From the moment I started reading, I was hooked by the stories and the history I was learning about this special holiday, as well as the culture and lifestyle found in the shtetls. Davis's stories are grand fun for reading aloud, and Amy Levine's black and white drawings work perfectly with each tale . . . Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik is most highly recommended." --JACK MAGNUS, Readers' Favorite.com
"Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik is a book of an enchanted past. . . . These are tiny journeys, short in length, yet, deep in the stuff of the soul, journeys into what it means to be a Jew and what it means to be human." --MARK K. SPANO, Goodreads --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Scott Hilton Davis is a lifelong storyteller, filmmaker, author, and collector of Jewish short stories written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Scott began his acting career as a child performing in Jewish skits and plays in Los Angeles, California, and now offers his stories and talks to synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, cultural clubs, and religious school audiences across the country. Scott is the author of a collection of eight original short stories entitled "Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik" and "Souls Are Flying! A Celebration of Jewish Stories." Convinced of the historical, cultural, and ethical significance of stories by Sholem Aleichem, I. L. Peretz, Sholem Abramovitsh, and Jacob Dinezon, Scott began using storytelling to bring the works of these beloved Jewish writers to new audiences. As part of this effort, he published the first English translation of Jacob Dinezon's autobiographical short stories, "Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers," and established a website to honor the life and career of this important Yiddish writer. Scott is also an Emmy Award-winning producer of documentaries and dramas for public television. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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This book was a delight! Mr. Davis captured the traditional life of Jews in a European shtetl, in an authentic and fun way. The book shows a reverence for traditional Jewish teachings and practice. It is colored with interesting characters. Some of them are objects, like a dreidl and a menorah, and others are genuine people who yearn to make the most of life. Each story has a nice moral lesson, as well. The book is emotionally touching, and children are sure to enjoy it!
and engaging while clearly portraying daily life in the shtetl of Oykvetchnik (truly a clever name). Davis is truly to be commended for another
successful book that makes us think of our ancestors in the old country..The cover and illustrations are appropriate and very well-done.I highly recommend this book.