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The Eight Nights of Chanukah Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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K-Gr. 2. A twist on a familiar carol finds a pink-cheeked, yellow-capped child on a visit to Grandma's, clapping hands as he (or she) sees not a partridge in a pear tree, but a Chanukah "present waiting for me." On each of the seven remaining holiday nights a new item is added to the celebratory countdown: "On third night of Chanukah / I clap my hands to see / Three challahs / Two Maccabees / And a present waiting for me." Adults may want to steer children to the glossary to understand unfamiliar terms such as gelt and Maccabees; their meanings aren't always evident from the art. In addition, children wanting to count the objects mentioned in the rhyme will need to look closely, as the pictures become increasingly busy as family and friends gather to celebrate. But the familiar rhythm of the words is contagious, and Savadier's freewheeling-art style--at once expressive, mischievous, and joyous--gives a palpable sense of the warm, loving togetherness the holiday inspires in everyone----young and old. Stephanie Zvirin
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About the Author

Leslea Newman is the author of fifty books for both adults and children. She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, a Parent's Silver Medal, and a Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Best Book Award. She lives in Massachusetts. Additional information about Ms. Newman and her work may be found at www.lesleakids.com.

Elivia Savadier has illustrated a number of books for children, including Jewish Holidays All Year Round, which was a National Jewish Book Award Winner and named a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Religious Book. Savadier was also twice the recipient of the Sidney Taylor Award, given each year by the Jewish Library Association for the best children's book on Judaica. She has also received an American Booksellers's Pick of the List award. She lives in Massachusetts. Additional information about Ms. Savadier and her work may be found at www.savadierstudio.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081095785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810957855
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the teen novel in verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD; the middle grade novel, HACHIKO WAITS; the poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER; the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; and the children's books, A SWEET PASSOVER, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, KETZEL, THE CAT WHO COMPOSED, and HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD was named an American Library Association 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, and A SWEET PASSOVER was named a 2013 Sydney Taylor Honor as well. A past poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she is a faculty member of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through yahrtzeit (one-year anniversary), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems, written in a variety of forms (sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, sestina, terza rima, haiku, and others) are finely crafted, completely accessible, and full of startling, poignant, and powerful imagery. These poems will resonant with all who have lost a parent, relative, spouse, friend, or anyone whom they dearly love.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By forager18 on November 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The happy extended family on the cover (and inside) shows a lovely range of skin tone. Bliss to the parent trying to show books where a range of skin color is a given.
True, the format of the book borrows from the familiar pattern of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but if parents can resist the urge to actually sing that particular tune while they read, most kids won't get the reference (especially kids who grow up in homes and schools that do not celebrate Christmas).
This is a counting book above all, and every page encourages children to count the objects named.
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This clever book helped me to explain some of the Chanukah traditions to my daughter (and my husband!) before we celebrated with the extended family. A fun read!
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rita on September 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As with Runaway Dreidel, Ms Newman takes her inspiration for a Chanukah book from Xmas, not a good place to start writing a good quality book for Jewish children. So, it is not surprising that the book contains nothing of value. Neither the text nor the illustrations feel like they depict a Jewish family at Chanukah.
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