The book gives a flavour for the holiday from a global perspective. The photographs in Hanukkah show Americans celebrating, but also include Jews in Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, Poland, and several other countries lighting menorahs, spinning dreidels, and cooking latkes (potato pancakes). Both visually and through the text, the book focuses on cultural aspects of Hanukkah: traditions, food, types of celebration.The extensive back matter starts with fun facts (such as: U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman brought a menorah and a dreidel on his space shuttle mission in 1993. He spun the dreidel, but he didn't light the menorah candles because the shuttle would have exploded). Also in the back matter: the author's sure-to-please latke recipe; Haunkkah blessings and a Hanukkah song; how to play dreidel; a map showing the locations of the photographs in the book; a resource list of books, videos, and Web sites; and, a note from Rabbi Shira Stern, the book's consultant. Rabbi Stern's note, aimed at parents and teachers, helps put the holiday in a greater cultural and religious context.
Buy Celebrate Hanukkah book by Deborah Heiligman from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(254mm x 176mm x 3mm)
National Geographic Kids
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Author Biography - Deborah Heiligman
The award-winning author of 15 books for children, Deborah Heiligman has written 13 books for National Geographic. She specialises in writing about complex subjects for young people, particularly in the areas of science and social studies, and also writes fiction.