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on July 4, 2010
Hanukkah Around the World is a gem of a book with a great multicultural approach to the holiday of Hanukkah. The author and illustrator take the reader all around the world to celebrate Hanukkah through the eyes of different Jews showing their cultures and traditions around the holiday of Hanukkah. Stories come from New York City, to Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Italy, France, Mexico, Morocco, Australia, Poland and Israel. This book does not only tell stories, but also gives basic facts about how Hanukkah began, the Maccabees , how many candles are used during the eight nights and the rules on how to play the Hanukkah game, Spin the Dreidel. Each chapter of the book is a country that shares a unique story, facts as well as a recipe; some which are very unusual like fried Burmelos and Precipizi. The vibrant illustrations are painted in warm earth tones. The book has useful maps and a glossary of terms at the end of the book. What makes this book so unique and delightful to read is the use of descriptive stories of different traditions connecting people to Hanukkah. Did you know that another name for Hanukkah is Chag Ha'or - the holding of light? Or did you know if you store your candles in the freezer they will burn longer. Caesarea, an Israeli town, is home to the largest dreidel in the world built by Eran Greble and it is 18 feet tall and made out of half-ton iron. It spins with the wind. These are just some of the many facts that are shared throughout the book. Lastly, I recommend you read this book and find out how Tisha B'Av, a holiday that is celebrated 133 days before Hanukkah, is connected with Hanukkah in Italy.
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