THE STONE LAMP by Karen Hesse

THE STONE LAMP

Eight Stories of Hanukkah Through History
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this ambitious and unusual oversized volume, eight episodes from Jewish history are experienced through the eyes of child witnesses. Each chapter begins with a brief description of a complex topic, such as the Crusades, the Inquisition, the false Messiah, Kristallnacht, and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. After each of the histories, a child living through the events offers a lyrical first-person account (in Hesse’s trademark free verse) of a muted Hanukkah celebration. More often than not, there are only oblique references to the events in the narrative. The Kristallnacht episode tells of a Hanukkah table on which Papa’s book is placed. An italicized line following the narrative tells the reader that the narrator, David, hid while his brothers and father were taken away on Kristallnacht. The metaphor of the Jewish people as a flame that is inextinguishable against all odds unifies the stories. Pinkney’s bold paint and scratchboard illustrations also emphasize the theme of light and flame. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7868-0619-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2003




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