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IT’S A MIRACLE! by Stephanie Spinner


A Hanukkah Storybook

by Stephanie Spinner & illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84493-X
Publisher: Anne Schwartz/Atheneum

Spinner’s stories are of the inventive bedtime variety about family, as told by six-and-half-year-old Owen Block’s grandmother. After each evening of Hanukkah festivities, Grandma tells Owen a story, like the one about the girl whose brother was supposed to be a rabbi, but who moved to Alaska to study wolves instead. Owen realizes the girl sounds a lot like Cousin Shira, who was the one in the family to become a rabbi. Each wacky story is about Owen’s relatives—with the possible exception of the one about the aliens. And as Uncle Izzie, the class clown who grew up to be the comedian, says, “You never know, kid.” McElmurry’s light-hearted illustrations match the text’s tone. So, for instance, the words say Grandma “kicked off her shoes” and the picture focuses on her cowboy boots. Delightfully funny and touching. (afterword, blessings, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)