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Like a Maccabee Paperback – November 15, 2012
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Barbara Bietz was born and raised in Southern California. She received both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in education from the University of Arizona. Barbara has served as chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She conducts writers workshops for adults and children and her work has appeared in numerous magazines. Barbara is the creator of the web site Jewish Books for Kids which is dedicated to interviews with authors, illustrators, and other professionals in the publishing industry. Barbara lives in Oak Park, California with her husband, two children, and three dogs.You can visit Barbara on her web site barbarabietz.com.
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It also includes how generations can help each other to continue to learn when the attitudes are right.
preparing for their big family Hanukkah celebration and also preoccupied with Ben's grandfather who is moving into their household. Since Ben is now forced to share his room with his grandfather, he cannot ignore him!
As Ben begins to listen to his grandfather's stories each night during Hanukkah, his frustration turns to admiration, for despite their age difference, Ben realizes that he and his grandfather share many similarities, including a love of sports. Ben's grandfather becomes the inspiration for his school assignment for "Family Celebration Day" and guides Ben to find the confidence he is lacking to be a great team member. Through his new relationship with his grandfather, Ben understands that playing "like a Maccabee"-being strong and doing your best, is the key to winning, especially against a bully!
Using the backdrop of the Hanukkah holiday, the author realistically captures the challenges of peer pressure and positive ways to overcome adversity against a bully. Written for children of all backgrounds, the story of Hanukkah is retold through the narration of the grandfather. Black and white cartoon-like pen illustrations add a comical flair and complement Ben's age appropriate and comic musings. Directions to play the dreidel game and a recipe for latkes are included at the end of the book. An important addition to the meager amount of Jewish-themed early chapter books, this heartwarming novel marks a promising debut for this first time author. Kids will enjoy this book at Hanukkah time or throughout the year.
Reviewed by Debby Gold