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Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!

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Publisher Comments:

Old Scroogemacher was as sour as a pickle and had a tongue like horseradish. He was a tyrant to the poor workers in his waistcoat factory, and even on the last night of Hanukkah, he had the nerve to set the clocks back. What a shtunk. When his nephew Moshe protests, Scroogemacher laughs. "Hanukkah, shmanukah," he says. "It's just another night to me." Oy vey iz mir, was he wrong! Who would have thought that not one, not two, but THREE ghostly rabbis would visit him that night? As Scroogemacher travels back and forth with his wise spirits from the time of the Maccabees, to the present-day tenements and then on to the wonders and horrors of the future, he begins to understand that some good can happen from a little remembering. Especially on Hanukkah, Shmanukkah. But do the rabbis manage to turn Scroogemacher into a mensch? Can a leopard change his spots? So you'll read the book, you want that I tell you everything right here?

Review:

"Taking her inspiration from A Christmas Carol, Codell (Sahara Special) spins out the journey of Scroogemacher, a Jewish sweatshop owner in the early 20th century. His guides are the Rabbis of Hanukkah Past, Present and Future — the last, much to Scroogemacher's amazement, being a woman. The text-heavy tale wears its lefty heart a bit proudly on its sleeve, but moves along briskly, thanks to the author's enthusiasm for Yiddishkeit (there's a glossary at the back) and Pham's (Big Sister, Little Sister, reviewed Aug. 22) burnished, emotionally heightened realistic paintings. Jewish families who believe the line between Hanukkah and Christmas is already too blurry may balk at the premise. But this is funny, fresh and perceptive. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Taking her inspiration from A Christmas Carol, Codell (Sahara Special) spins out the journey of Scroogemacher, a Jewish sweatshop owner in the early 20th century. His guides are the Rabbis of Hanukkah Past, Present and Future — the last, much to Scroogemacher's amazement, being a woman. The text-heavy tale wears its lefty heart a bit proudly on its sleeve, but moves along briskly, thanks to the author's enthusiasm for Yiddishkeit (there's a glossary at the back) and Pham's (Big Sister, Little Sister, reviewed Aug. 22) burnished, emotionally heightened realistic paintings. Jewish families who believe the line between Hanukkah and Christmas is already too blurry may balk at the premise. But this is funny, fresh and perceptive. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Yiddish phrases abound. There is much humor along the way in this story made for reading aloud." Children's Literature

Review:

"Dickens purists may wince, but many others will find this effort quite an acceptable way to introduce or review the history behind the holiday." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786851799
Publisher:
Hyperion
Subject:
General
Illustrator:
Pham, LeUyen
Author:
Codell, Esm&#xe9 Raji
Author:
Codell, Esmé Raji
Author:
Pham, LeUyen
Author:
Codell, Esme Raji
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Hanukkah
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Publication Date:
20050901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
11.44x9.26x.43 in. 1.17 lbs.
Age Level:
04-12

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Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!
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Product details 64 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786851799 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Taking her inspiration from A Christmas Carol, Codell (Sahara Special) spins out the journey of Scroogemacher, a Jewish sweatshop owner in the early 20th century. His guides are the Rabbis of Hanukkah Past, Present and Future — the last, much to Scroogemacher's amazement, being a woman. The text-heavy tale wears its lefty heart a bit proudly on its sleeve, but moves along briskly, thanks to the author's enthusiasm for Yiddishkeit (there's a glossary at the back) and Pham's (Big Sister, Little Sister, reviewed Aug. 22) burnished, emotionally heightened realistic paintings. Jewish families who believe the line between Hanukkah and Christmas is already too blurry may balk at the premise. But this is funny, fresh and perceptive. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Taking her inspiration from A Christmas Carol, Codell (Sahara Special) spins out the journey of Scroogemacher, a Jewish sweatshop owner in the early 20th century. His guides are the Rabbis of Hanukkah Past, Present and Future — the last, much to Scroogemacher's amazement, being a woman. The text-heavy tale wears its lefty heart a bit proudly on its sleeve, but moves along briskly, thanks to the author's enthusiasm for Yiddishkeit (there's a glossary at the back) and Pham's (Big Sister, Little Sister, reviewed Aug. 22) burnished, emotionally heightened realistic paintings. Jewish families who believe the line between Hanukkah and Christmas is already too blurry may balk at the premise. But this is funny, fresh and perceptive. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Yiddish phrases abound. There is much humor along the way in this story made for reading aloud."
"Review" by , "Dickens purists may wince, but many others will find this effort quite an acceptable way to introduce or review the history behind the holiday."
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