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[book] Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah by Jane Breskin Zalben
Reading level: Ages 4-8 48 pages (October 1998)
Chanukah is upon us and and Pearl is looking forward to celebrating it with her family. But her cousins, Harry and Sophie, will be joining them for all eight nights of Chanukah, and Pearl fears the worst. After all, it was Sophie who once put a latke on Pearl's chair for her to sit on, and everyone knows that Harry is like a "vilde chaya" -- a wild animal. Fortunately, Pearl doesn't have time to worry about her cousins, because each night they do something special: They make menorahs, prepare latkes and jelly doughnuts, sing holiday songs for a friend in a nursing home, and make dreidels and puppets. Once the flurry of activity ends, Pearl sits down to write about the week -- and realizes that the true joy of Chanukah comes from being with loved ones.. Includes song and recipes
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[book] There's No Such Thing As a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein by Susan Sussman, Goldstein Sussman, Charles Robinson, Kathleen Tucker.
($8) Reading level: Ages 9-12 48 pages (September 1987) A wise, understanding grandfather helps Robin, a Jewish child, cope with Christmas; not an easy task when even Sandy, who is also Jewish, is allowed to have a Christmas tree and Robin can't have one.
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[book] Chanukah in Chelm by David A. Adler, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Library Binding-32 pages (October 1997)
Lothrop Lee & Shepard. The people of Chelm have good hearts, great dreams, and very little sense. So when Mendel needs a table to hold the Chanukah menorah, his simple trip to the storage closet turns into a hilariously bungled quest.
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[book] The Uninvited Guest and Other Jewish Holiday Tales by Nina Jaffe, Elivia (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12 72 pages (April 1995) Scholastic.
Seven tales with explanations about the holidays, emphasize the mystical and the romantic.
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[book] A Hanukkah Treasury by Eric A. Kimmel (Editor), Emily Lisker (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 112 pages (October 1998). Eric A. Kimmel presents a wonderful Hanukkah compilation, filled with the history and flavor of this unique holiday. From familiar legends to contemporary stories, from delicious recipes to children's games, this is a treasury that will entertain and engage the whole family. If you can afford to buy only one book, buy this one, cuz it truly is a treasury.
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[book] By the Hanukkah Light by Sheldon Oberman, Neil Waldman (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 32 pages (1997). Oberman, the winner of the Jewish Book Award, tells the traditional holiday story, and Grandpa tells how at the end of World War II he miraculously found the family Hanukkiah (or menorah) partially buried near the ruins of his boyhood home in Europe. Acrylic paintings in pastel colors illustrate the clearly written text, which reminds young readers that the fight for freedom is an ongoing one.
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[book] Celebrating Hanukkah by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, Lawrence Migdale (Photographer)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback (1998) Hoyt-Goldsmith and photographer Migdale present a photo-essay about Hanukkah as it is celebrated in the USA. The photographs of 11-year-old Leora and her family are warm and inviting, with Migdale catching celebrations at home, at school, and in the synagogue. Even his obviously staged pictures (Leora's brother leaning over a huge pile of jelly doughnuts) are beautifully handled. The text is equally fine, well organized and rich in detail but also friendly. The basic history is here, as are instructions for playing the traditional game of dreidel and making potato pancakes, information available in most books about Hanukkah. But Hoyt-Goldsmith also includes lots of extras--for example, a chapter explaining what happens when Hanukkah falls on the weekly celebration of Shabbat.
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[book] The Doodle Family Hanukkah by Reudor, and Laura Schlessinger
Reading level: Ages 9-12 47 pages (1996). Part of the half dozen or more Doodle Family books.
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[book] Hanukcats : And Other Traditional Jewish Songs for Cats by Laurie Loughlin, Mary Ross (Illustrator)
Hardcover - 48 pages (November 1994). Traditional Jewish holidays will never be the same when these songs are sung, with the help of cats expressing their innermost desires, such as food, naps, petting, and more food, in twenty parodies such as "Have a Burrito" ("Hava Nagila")
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[book] In the Month of Kislev: A Story for Hanukkah by Nina Jaffe, Louise August (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 (November 1992). One of my all-time favorites. In a charming story from the oral tradition, a rich man, Feivel, begrudges the 3 hungry children of Mendel, the poor peddler, the good smells emanating from his kitchen window, and insists that they should pay for the right to smell them. The kindly town rabbi comes up with a solution that is completely fair but that also teaches the miserly merchant a valuable lesson. Okay I'll tell you, but you have to buy the book. If the kids must pay for the smell, then payment can be made by listening to the coins. The strong black lines of the woodcuts, combined with the colors of oil paint, give the illustrations the quality of stained glass. Feivel learns his lesson, and like Scrooge, makes amends for his prior ways.
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[book] When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric A. Kimmel, Barbara McClintock (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 (1998). The Klein's live behind the walls of the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side of New York City. Mindy Klein climbs through a crack in the wall, confronts the enormous synagogue cat, and brings home a candle for Hanukkah. She is helped by Zayde, who distracts the cat with pickled herring. McClintock's detailed period illustrations, in black ink with warm shades of watercolor and gouache, have quiet fun with the tiny Jewish immigrant family and the intrepid adventurer in a giant world. The menorah towers over Mindy; Zayde wears a thimble as a helmet and a bottlecap as a shield. Kimmel compares Mindy and Zayde to the brave Maccabees, who defeated the evil king and showed that "you don't have to be big to be mighty."
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[book] How I Saved Hanukkah by Amy Goldman Koss, Diane De Groat (Illustrator)
Reading level: AGES 9-12
Hardcover - 96 pages (October 1998) Marla Feinstein, the only Jewish kid in her 4th grade class, knows what this holiday season will be like. While everyone else is decorating trees and hanging stockings, she'll be forgetting to light the candles and staring at a big plastic dreidel. But when Marla decides to learn what the Hanukkah traditions are really about, things change fast. Soon she's got her family turning latkes into Hanukkah Performance Art and doing a wild hora. And by the end of this funny and heartwarming novel, the Festival of Lights is the biggest party in town!
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[book] While the Candles Burn : Eight Stories for Hanukkah by Barbara Diamond Goldin, Elaine Greenstein (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover (October 1996). Goldin offers 8 short stories that expand on one of the holiday's themes, such as the strength of faith, the anchoring role of tradition, the voice of women in Judaism, and the power of people's actions to bring about miracles. In one story, a lost soccer game and a forgotten lunch play a role in an Israeli youth's learning to trust his Arab classmate; in another, Leah's need to perform a mitzvah to fulfill a bat mitzvah requirement and a Holocaust survivor's testimony come together.
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[book] A Great Miracle Happened There : A Chanukah Story by Karla Kuskin, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator))
Paperback - 32 pages (October 1995). A Christian boy is invited to the home of his Jewish friend to participate in the first night of Hanukkah. . . . After the lighting of the candles and the recitation of the prayers, the boys hear the Hanukkah story about the Jews' fight for religious liberty against the tyrant Antiochus and the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days.
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[book] The Christmas Menorahs : How a Town Fought Hate by Janice Cohn, Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12 School & Library Binding (September 1995) I tell this bedtime story every year. Cohn's powerful narrative tells how two children, two families--one Jewish, one Christian--and a community resolve to stand together against the shameful actions that have been happening in their home town. Her story is based on real events that happened in Billings, Montana, in 1993. Farnsworth's beautiful paintings illuminate the message of the power of goodness.
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[book] Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel by Sparky Moore (Illustrator), A. A. Milne (Editor), Atelier Philippe Harchy
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 4 pages Board (November 1998).
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[book] All the Lights in the Night by Arthur A. Levine, James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback - 32 pages Reprint (October 1997). On a dark December morning, Moses and Benjamin begin their escape from Minsk (or was in Pinsk?) to Palestine. With only a battered old lamp for comfort--and a single night's worth of oil--they try to keep up their spirits by telling the story of Hanukkah. And, when that night finally comes, they light the old lamp, and hope for a miracle. Click to read some reviews.
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[book] Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story by Fran Manushkin, Robin Spowart (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback (October 1992) Scholastic. A huge blizzard covers all the apples and potatoes disrupting the Menashe family's plans to feast on latkes and applesauce. In the end, the family is rewarded for their generosity to hungry animals (when they save an animal) with latkes and applesauce. Click to read some reviews.
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[book] Nine Spoons. A Chanukah Story by Marci Stillerman and Pesach Gerber (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover (November 1998). The story of the menorah made at a concentration camp. Click to read some reviews.
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[book] One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story by David A. Adler, Lloyd Bloom (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover (1995). Morris Kaplan, a kind but lonely florist, looks forward to the Friday visits of a young brother and sister who come every week to buy flowers for the Sabbath. One Friday, they come asking for old flowers because they have only two dollars, but Morris arranges a large bouquet of his finest flowers, telling the children gently, "When you buy old flowers, you get more." When the routine is changed by the youngsters' coming on a Tuesday to buy flowers for Hanukkah, their visit stirs bittersweet memories of Morris's family in Poland celebrating Hanukkah years before. The next day, the children invite Mr. Kaplan to their home for Hanukkah. He protests. He has not celebrated it since the War. That evening he goes home, takes an old menorah from a long-unopened box and cries as he remembers the last time it was used before he and his family were taken to Auschwitz. The following day, he brings his newly polished menorah to the children's home, where he shares the story of his Holocaust experiences and of the single yellow daffodil that gave him hope for survival. Morris then stands with his new friends to say the blessings and light his Hanukkah candles. The deep-toned acrylic paintings, in which the flowers shine out of the surrounding darkness like a ray of hope, emphasize the poignancy of the story.
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LATKA MUSIC

[book] Chanukkah Festival of Lights by The Ot Azoj Klezmerband and Allan Merovitz
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[book] OY CHANUKAH by the Klezmer Conservatory Band
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[book] A Taste Of Chanukah by various performers , includes lots by Theodore Bikel.
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[book] JUST IN TIME FOR CHANUKAH.
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[book] A Child's Hanukkah by the Jewish Wedding Band.
Click to hear selections . Includes God Rest Ye, Jerry Mandelbaum
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[book] A Child's Hanukkah by the Jewish Wedding Band
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[book] Songs for the Jewish Holidays.
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[book] I MacCabees: A New Translation, With Introduction and Commentary (Anchor Bible, Vol 41)) by Jonathan Goldsetin
(list: $43 before 30% discount) 592 pages. With the help of God, the aged priest Mattathias and his sons--Judas Maccabaeus, Jonathan, and Simon--dramatically lead the Jews of Judaea first to victory and then to freedom against the formidable successors of Alexander the Great. Their struggles begin in guerilla warfare, responding to the terrible persecutions decreed by King Antiochus IV, and courageously accomplish their first great triumph--still celebrated in the festival of Hanukkah. Goldstein, in his intro, also discusses the parallel accounts found in II Maccabees and shows that the two authors of I & II Maccabees wrote with passionate conviction to teach two sharply opposed points of view. In some cases their convictions blinded them to the truth, but Professor Goldstein renders their teachings accessible to the modern reader and reconstructs what really happened, making valuable contributions to Greek and Roman as well as to Jewish history. Nineteen maps and diagrams set the scene of the dramatic struggle and the troubled times described in I Maccabees.
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[book] II MacCabees : A New Translation With Introduction and Commentary : The Anchor Bible (Anchor Bible, Vol 41A) by Jonathan Goldstien
(list: $30 before 30% discount) A continuation of Book One of the Macabees.
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[book] The Hasmoneans and Their Supporters: From Mattathias to the Death of John Hyrcanus I (South Florida Studies in the History of Judaism, No 06) by Joseph Sievers
(our price $50) Hardcover (September 1990)
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[book] Hasmonean Revolt : Rebellion or Revolution (Ancient Near Eastern Texts and Studies, Vol 5) by Steven L. Derfler
(our price $70) Hardcover (March 1990)
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[book] The Maccabean Revolt : Anatomy of a Biblical Revolution (Old Testament Studies) by Daniel J. Harrington
(our price $13) Paperback (Dec 1988)
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[book] Studies on the Hasmonean Period (Studies in Judaism in Late Antiquity, Vol 39) by Joshua Efron
(our price $109) Hardcover Vol 39 (August 1997) Brill Academic Publishers
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[book] Festival of Deaths (Gregor Demarkian Series) by Jane Haddam
Paperback (May 1995) A Mystery... Eight nights of murders. That's what Hanukkah is shaping up to be in Philadelphia, where a killer is stalking America's most outrageous TV talk show host. Click to read more
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[book] Battles of the Bible by Chaim Herzog, Mordechai Gichon
(list $38 before 30% discount) Hardcover - 320 pages (March 1997). Battles Of The Bible presents a comprehensive survey of the wars of ancient Israel. The Bible's military accounts (told in vivid detail) cover a vast period, from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua's command, through the conquest of the kingdom by David and Solomon, and the split of the kingdom into Judah and Israel, to the Maccabees' successful rebellion against Seleucid domination
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[book] The Seleucid Army : Organization and Tactics in the Great Campaigns by Bezalel Bar-Kochva
(our price is $65) Hardcover (July 1976) Cambridge Univ Press. A study of the organization and tactics of the Seleucid armies from 312-129 B.C. The Seleucid dynasty succeeded to a large portion of the Asian empire of Alexander the Great.
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[book] Judas MacCabaeus : The Jewish Struggle Against the Seleucids by Bezalel Bar-Kochva
(currently not in stock).
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[book] Judas MacCabaeus in Full Score by George Frideric Handel
($15). Paperback - 256 pages Eng-ger edition (July 1997)
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