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Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale
Cakes and Miracles
A Purim Tale
School & Library      ISBN: 0761457011

Purim is approaching and Hershel, the only blind boy in the village, wishes he could help his mother prepare hamantashen for the holiday. If only I could see, he thinks, I could help my mother more. That night, Hershel dreams of a winged angel descending a sparkling ladder. She says, "Make what you see. You see when you close your eyes. You see in your dreams." With new courage, Hershel learns to trust his dream and creates something more beautiful than anyone in the whole village can imagine.

An Author's Note about Purim is also included.

Chanukah Lights Everywhere
Chanukah Lights Everywhere
Paperback      ISBN: 0152056750

One crescent moon glows in the sky. Two headlights shine through the window. . . . On each magical night of Chanukah, a young boy and his sister count more lights shining all around them Join them as they discover what it means to celebrate Chanukah in a world filled with so many other lights.

Chanukah Lights Pop-Up
Chanukah Lights Pop-Up
Hardcover      ISBN: 0763655333
The ultimate Chanukah gift--a glorious celebration of the true spirit of the holiday from a pop-up master and an acclaimed poet.

Open this beautiful gift book and follow the Festival of Lights through place and time--from Herod's temple to a shtetl in Russia; from a refugee ship bound for the New World to an Israeli kibbutz. Inspired by Michael J. Rosen's reverent poem, Robert Sabuda's striking pop-ups depict each night's menorah in a different scene, using such imagery as desert tents, olive trees, and a final panorama of skyscrapers. Sure to be a treasured family heirloom, this stunning collaboration showcases the spirit and resilience of a people in search of home.

Chik Chak Shabbat
Chik Chak Shabbat
School & Library      ISBN: 0763655287
Celebrate Shabbat, community, and diverse traditions with this lyrical tale, illustrated with a lively and whimsical touch.

When Goldie Simcha doesn't joyfully throw open her door to welcome everyone in to her apartment for a meal of her famous cholent, her neighbors wonder what could be wrong. Little Lali Omar knocks on the door to 5-A, only to learn that Goldie was feeling too sick on Friday to cook, and everyone knows you can't make cholent in a hurry, right away, chik chak But it just isn't Shabbat without cholent. What can her neighbors do to save the day? In an uplifting story that warms more than your heart, Chik Chak Shabbat offers a cholent recipe that keeps Goldie's sharing spirit alive.
Cholent Brigade, the PB
Cholent Brigade, the PB
Paperback      ISBN: 151240845x

When a big snowstorm hits, Monty Nudelman happily shovels his neighbors' sidewalks, driveways, cars, and steps--until he hurts his back. Now he can barely move He can't even make his Shabbat lunch. Luckily, his neighbors have all made cholent--a delicious Shabbat stew. The neighborhood kids form a "cholent brigade" to bring Monty Nudelman a tasty feast. Cholent to the rescue

The Count's Hanukkah Countdown
The Count's Hanukkah Countdown
Paperback      ISBN: 0761375570

At a Hanukkah party on Sesame Street, Grover and the Count welcome visiting Israeli Muppet friends Brosh and Avigail, tell the story of Hanukkah, feast on latkes, and learn that EIGHT is the perfect Hanukkah number.

Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
Hardcover      ISBN: 0553510614
For anyone who's ever asked "Why can't we have a Christmas tree?" comes a lighthearted story about being Jewish during the holiday season--by actress Amanda Peet

Rachel Rosenstein is determined to celebrate Christmas this year--and the fact that her family is Jewish is not going to stop her. In a series of hilarious and heartwarming mishaps, Rachel writes a letter to Santa explaining her cause, pays him a visit at the mall, and covertly decorates her house on Christmas Eve (right down to latkes for Santa and his reindeer). And while Rachel may wrestle with her culture, customs, and love of sparkly Christmas ornaments, she also comes away with a brighter understanding of her own identity and of the gift of friends and family.

Inspired by actress Amanda Peet's experience with her own children, Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein is sure to be a new holiday classic

"Will help introduce young readers to other cultures while allowing them to preserve the magic of their own."--Booklist

"Actress Peet and her friend/coauthor Troyer, both newcomers to children's books, handle Rachel's obsession and her family's strong sense of religious identity with equal empathy and humor."--Publishers Weekly

"There's lots of humor in the text and in the lively, scribbly, colorful illustrations. But the authors wisely don't gloss over Rachel's feelings--which can be common for anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas that time of year, a notion that steers the text toward a happy, multi-culti ending."--The Horn Book

Dreidel That Wouldnt Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
Dreidel That Wouldnt Spin
A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
Hardcover      ISBN: 1937786285

This dreidel doesn t work the father had cried. What do you mean? How can a dreidel not work? the shopkeeper asked. It was certainly the most beautiful spinning top the shopkeeper had ever seen, with magical golden letters on its sides. But it just would not spin for two spoiled children who insisted on owning it Later, the shopkeeper decides to try it one last time: would it spin for another child, one who carried the true spirit of Hanukkah in his heart? In this beautiful holiday story by award-winning author Martha Simpson, and brought to life by the imaginative illustrations of award-winning illustrator D. Yael Bernhard, the happiness and joy of the Hanukkah miracle will warm the heart of young and old alike with its simple message: wonders still occur for those who are ready for them. Included is a useful appendix that explains Hanukkah, and an explanation on how to play the dreidel game."

Dreidels on the Brain
Dreidels on the Brain
Hardcover      ISBN: 0803740972
At last a great American Hanukkah story This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic.

One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask?

Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, "The Land of Shriveled Dreams"). That's no small task when you're a "seriously funny-looking" twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman. And Joel's a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that's not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke.

That's why Joel's betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it's worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all. Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words, and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he's scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in--from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust--before the last of the candles burns out.

No wonder his head is spinning: He's got dreidels on the brain. And little does he know that what's actually about to happen to him and his family this Hanukkah will be worse than he'd feared . . . And better than he could have imagined.
Drop by Drop
Drop by Drop
School & Library      ISBN: 1512420905

Akiva is just a poor shepherd living an ordinary life, until he falls in love with Rachel. Rachel thinks her husband could become a great man of learning--but Akiva can't even read Is he too old to be a scholar or can he follow the example of the water in the nearby brook? Water is soft, yet drop by drop, it can soften the hardest stone.