JEREMY'S DREIDEL by Ellie Gellman

JEREMY'S DREIDEL

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Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

A special Hanukkah workshop at the Jewish Community Center gives Jeremy a chance to make a unique dreidel as a surprise gift for his father, who is blind.

When the workshop leader welcomes everyone, materials are out and waiting. Abby is eager to make her dreidel from recycled materials, Jacob wants to reuse an old music box, and Matthew hopes to make his out of a rubber ball. As they begin working, Jeremy uses a simple lump of gray clay to create his dreidel, molding dots on each side. Confused and a bit intrigued, the other children watch Jeremy, wondering if the dots are a secret code, and learn they are, in fact, Braille. Jeremy explains that although blind, his dad leads a typical life of work and play, even helping with homework with the use of computer technology. Pastel drawings enhanced with some collage accents depict a modern-day Judaic learning environment. In addition to providing a positive perception of life with a disability, this tale also explains the story and concepts behind the holiday. A postscript includes several dreidel-making projects, instructions for the game and information about the English Braille alphabet.

A nicely subtle approach to diversity. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7613-7507-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kar-Ben
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2012




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