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The Hanukkah Trike Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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PreS–Gabi celebrates the first night of Hanukkah with her parents and receives a new tricycle as a gift. When she falls off her trike (which she's named “Hanukkah”), her mother convinces her to be brave like the Maccabees by getting back on and trying again. The first half of the book is a simple, traditional look at a young family lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, eating latkes, and recounting the Hanukkah story. Unfortunately, the second half involving Gabi and her tricycle feels a bit forced. Still, young children will enjoy her success when she and “Hanukkah” finally take off down the block. Acrylic illustrations are straightforward and pleasant, featuring large blocks of modest colors and generally subdued action.Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
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Young Gabi Greenberg loves everything about Hanukkah—lighting menorah candles, eating potato pancakes, and listening to stories about the Maccabees and their struggles. She is also pleased to receive a tricycle as a present (and dubs it Hanukkah, in honor of the occasion), but a nasty fall on her first outing leaves her feeling insecure. Mom helps her to clean up and reminds her about the Maccabees’ own fears; finally, Gabi summons her courage and rides again—this time with success. Edwards’ simple story introduces basic holiday history and traditions, emphasizing the Maccabees’ heroism and how this value can be applied in contemporary situations. Mitter’s gentle, acrylic illustrations portray a loving family, focused on Gabi’s wants and needs. Although the story will be overly didactic for some, it will be a welcome addition to religious school collections. Public libraries with high demand for character-education resources will also find this a useful introduction to the concept of perseverance. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: AD470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080753126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807531266
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,013,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like this book because it relates to children in story form some of the values associated with the holiday (bravery, perseverance), tells about some of the history behind the holiday, and also shows how Hanukkah is currently celebrated by children. When I went to talk about Hanukkah at my kindergarten-age daughter's secular school I first read a children's book about the Hanukkah story (The Story of Hanukkah by David Adler) so the class could get the background on the history of the holiday, and I followed it up with this great book.
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Young Gabi learns about the holiday of Hanukkah along with mastering the skills to ride her gift of a tricycle which she names "Hanukkah". Although she falls off and hurts her knee, she perseveres when remembering the bravery of the Maccabees, who "didn't give up" either. Any child learning to ride a tricycle will relate to Gabi's experience. This picture book is simple to understand, although limited in its detail about the Hanukkah holiday in order to appeal to a preschool audience. The illustrations are rich and colorful and very follow the text clearly. The book may benefit by more information about the reason for, and traditions of, the holiday. It can be read to a two year-old child and read by a good second grade reader. For ages 2 - 5. Naomi Kramer
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I love this book! There are so many books for Hanukkah that focus on presents and old-fashioned families celebrating Jewish holidays, but this one is different. This one is really about a young child in a small moment -- the moment when the old story of the Maccabees means something in her life. The Hanukkah Trike isn't just about hearing the Hanukkah story, but internalizing it -- using it to make difficult choices and be brave.

And it's also a lovely story about great parenting: when Gabi's mom suggests they clean the dirty trike like the Maccabees, she reminds Gabi that our stories are lived stories, and in doing so, allows Gabi to make the decision to be brave (just like the Maccabees!) and try riding her trike again. A great story for children everywhere!
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