HANUKKAH AROUND THE WORLD by Tami Lehman-Wilzig

HANUKKAH AROUND THE WORLD

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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hanukkah traditions from several countries are outlined in this compilation of lesser-known commemorative customs. A generic history of the holiday is followed by eight fictional short stories related to a specific city around the world. From a torch relay in Modi’in, Israel, where the Maccabees’ struggle began, to a concert in Istanbul sung in the Sephardic language of Ladino, to a summery outdoor celebration in Sydney, to a Samarkand, Uzbekistan, custom of dancing for eight nights in different homes, the stories relate unique practices. Sidebars include each city’s past and present Judaic presence and influence as well as recipes. Wehrman’s soft muted paintings, which sketch out maps, traditional dress and foods, add a further instructional element to the fictional prose. A “Hanukkah Potpourri” offers one-paragraph descriptions of ten additional observances. (glossary) (Picture book. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8225-8761-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Kar-Ben
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2009




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