Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings

" Hear an interview about Celebrate Hanukkah with author Deborah Heiligman on The Book of Life podcast's December 2006 episode at " said.

" These children's books are great for teaching about world religions. I like the information. I like the photos and the recipes. Makes explaining things in a class nice and easy when one can do it with pictures. " said.

" This is a great series "Celebrate ...." by National Geographic that covers most main holidays celebrated around the world. I recommend this entire series as it covers the holidays throughout the world, giving students information about different traditions (and it has great photographs which the children love). " said.

"A very brief book with a very long title. It is full of beautiful photographs of real children celebrating the holiday all over the world, with the story simply told. Great for early readers or reading to very young children.

What is interesting to me in learning about Hanukkah is that it has a very rich layering of meanings, the least important of which is the concept of it being Another Winter Festival. I think the most powerful and beautiful message is one that any believer should embrace, whether they celebrate the holiday or not, and that is this:

God does not need great numbers to work His purposes and preserve His faithful people (think of Gideon with his 300 men against thousands). We may be few in number, but with God on our side, what can't we accomplish?
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"Heiligman has written an excellent series for National Geographic, exploring how many different holidays are celebrated around the world. In this volume, she begins with a simple, clear retelling of the Hanukkah story. But most of the book explores how Hanukkah is celebrated around the world, in places as such as Poland, South Korea, Uganda and Peru. The full-page photographs depict children and adults lighting candles, reciting prayer, and playing dreidels. I especially like how Heiligman uses "we" throughout - it provides the feeling of community and commonality. For example, next to a picture of a young boy in Uganda, Heiligman writes: "It is important to tell everyone about the miracle. We want to show everyone we are proud to be Jewish. We are glad that we are free to practice our religion." The text and photographs help us see that Jewish people around the world, living in many different countries, all celebrate the holiday in much the same way." said.

" This book is a decent overview of the holiday & traditions. " said.

" This sophisticated, yet uncomplicated photographic storybook tells us about Hanukkah at its beginning and how it is celebrated in modern times. People and cultures from all over the world are highlighted. Includes a Bibliography, Fact Sheet, Recipe for Latkes, Directions for Lighting the Menorah and Playing Dreidel, Web Sites to explore, a Glossary, a word about Hanukkah's meaning from Rabbi Shira Stern. " said.

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