- Age Range: 4 and up
- Paperback: 30 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House (September 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823412741
- ISBN-13: 978-0823412747
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Magic Dreidels: A Hanukkah Story Paperback – September, 1997
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While everyone else in the house prepares for Hanukkah, Jacob wants nothing but to play with his new brass dreidel. When he is sent to fetch water, he accidentally sends his dreidel into the well. Little does Jacob know that a good-willed, if mischievous, goblin lives at the bottom of the well, and that he will then receive a few special gifts. This re-telling of the old tale "The Tablecloth, the Donkey, and the Stick" in a Hanukkah setting shows that sometimes honest boys don't need magic dreidels to spin some magic of their own!
Katya Krenina's illustrations evoke the liveliness of the holiday as well as the rustic settings of Jacob and his family. She brings subtle warmth into the winter season, even stripping a fantastical goblin of any eeriness that might be associated with it. Eric Kimmel's clean, clear writing makes The Magic Dreidels a wonderful selection for bedtime stories as the days get shorter.
From Publishers Weekly
Kimmel transplants the folktale "The Tablecloth, the Donkey and the Stick" to an old-world shtetl, depicted by first-time illustrator Krenina in skewed planes of indigos and violets with a few nods to Chagall. The story involves a boy, a brass dreidel dropped down a well, a goblin who procures magic dreidels that spin out latkes and gelt, and a thieving neighbor. The internal logic, unfortunately, goes haywire?this is more like a sketch for a story than a fully evoked tale. Kimmel fans should stick with his Hanukkah title Asher and the Capmakers (1993). Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Like Peter, Jacob also met a jealous old thief--here, the archetypal Fruma Sarah--who tricked him into giving her the dreidel. When he got home and told his mother the wonderful tale, his dreidel naturally no longer spun magic. Jacob returned to the well three times, each time receiving magic gifts from the friendly goblin. How he finally dealt with Fruma Sarah I cannot tell. But readers large and small will finish this book as joyfully as all the characters in it, including Fruma Sarah.
The illustrations, including a goat and various other floating creatures and objects, spin magic evocative of Chagall's eastern European blue.
--- Alyssa A. Lappen