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Title:
It's a miracle! : a Hanukkah storybook
Author:
Spinner, Stephanie.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Every night of Hanukkah Grandma tells a story at bedtime. Includes the Hanukkah legend, blessings and glossary.
General Note:
"An Anne Schwartz book."
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 73727.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780689844935
Format :
Book

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Summary

"Ready for a story?"Grandma Karen asked."Definitely,"said Owen.Every night of Hanukkah, after Owen -- the Official Candle Lighter -- lights the menorah, Grandma Karen kicks off her cowboy boots and tells him a bedtime story.On the first night there's the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of becoming a rabbi.On the fourth night there's the amazing story of the alien who gets lost in a little girl's backyard.And on the seventh night there's the silly story about a boy who wants to be a baby...and whose parents let him!Join Owen in discovering how each of these stories is also a celebration of his own heritage in this heartwarming book about faith, family, and the miracle of Hanukkah.


Author Notes

Stephanie Spinner was born in Davenport, Iowa and attended college in Bennington, Vermont. After graduation, she moved to New York City and took a job in publishing. Needing a break, she traveled around the world including stops in London, Morocco, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. She spent many years painting thangkas before taking another job in the publishing industry. She became a children's book editor and eventually became a full time author. Her works include Aliens for Breakfast and Aliens for Lunch with co-author Jonathan Etra, Aliens for Dinner, and Damosel. Aliens for Breakfast won the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Owen is named the family's official Hanukkah candle lighter, and along with every candle comes a story. Grandmaaren tells about a girl who grows up to be a rabbi; a soldier who persuadedewish families to pray for the health of his wife; a young woman who earned enough money to buy her own horse. Spinner drops subtle hints (perhaps too subtle for the audience) that the characters in the stories are members of Owen's family, but by the end of celebration the links become clear--though no one is saying if the alien creature in one story is also part of the family. With seven stories to tell, the text is long, but the inclusion of the alien piece is a nice break from family lore, and familial warmth helps diffuse the sometimes rather earnest tales. Gouache paintings in framed borders further lighten the mood. Such whimsical pictures as a young Grandma riding into the sky on her horse and clever design elements help integrate the bedtime stories with Owen's happy Hanukkah. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Nearly seven years old, Owen is now the family's O.C.L. (Official Candle Lighter), and Grandma Karen tells him he's a natural. She also tells him stories, one brief tale for each night of the holiday-one about a dentist who trains his parrot, Dreidel, to reassure his patients, one about a girl who wants to become a rabbi ("Like Cousin Shira?" asks Owen. "Exactly like Cousin Shira," replies Grandma Karen), etc. By the eighth night all the relatives introduced in the stories gather for a festive dinner. Spinner (Aliens for Breakfast) conjures modern characters happy to celebrate the heritage they share both as Jews and as members of the same family, and her light touch virtually promises that readers of many faiths will be glad of a seat at Owen's table. McElmurry's (Mad About Plaid) larky gouaches deepen the characterizations and accent the good humor of the text. Endnotes supply Hanukkah prayers and background on the holiday. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2 Up-Miracles (big and small) and family stories are celebrated in this charming tale. Owen Block, aged six and a half, has just been named O.C.L.-Official Candle Lighter. Each night, as he performs his duty, he listens to Grandma Karen's cozy stories of family life. One tale is of a soldier from Iowa whose search for a miracle to save his dying wife leads him to call every Jewish name in his hometown phone book (all five of them) to ask the family to pray, with happy results. The holiday acts more as framework for these small vignettes than as the main event, but various traditional activities are explored. A brief retelling of the Hanukkah legend and blessings in Hebrew, English, and transliteration appear at the end of the book. McElmurry's gouache illustrations add a light, humorous touch. Adults will appreciate the lessons gracefully imparted, and children will enjoy the silliness of Grandma's fanciful, zany family stories. Readers will recall this title long after the holiday has passed.-M. A. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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