I Have A Little Dreidel

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9780439649971: I Have A Little Dreidel

A retelling of the classic Hanukkah song, just in time for the holiday season!

I have a little dreidel, I made it out of clay,
And when it's dry and ready, then dreidel I shall play!

It's time for Hanukkah, and Hanukkah is a time for family. This reasonably priced hardcover picture book features the classic holiday dreidel song, with extra rhyming verses added on. We see the family gathering at a child's house, mama and child working together to make latkes (a classic Hanukkah treat), the family lighting the menorah, and then a spirited game of dreidel. The game is described in easy-to-follow language so that children can follow along and play at home themselves!

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*Starred Review* Baum embellishes the lyrics of the traditional Hanukkah song by adding words about a family visit, but it is the artwork, which captures the spirit of the cheery little song, that makes this oversize book such a standout. Paschkis' paintings, reminiscent of woodcuts, capture the busy fun of the holiday. However, Paschkis is not just content to provide bold, bright art to illustrate the lyrics. She also tucks in a few surprises here and there that will make children enjoy looking at this more than once (see the cat hiding behind the bushel basket of potatoes), and she uses her considerable design talent in unusual ways. Having grown up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Paschkis incorporates elements of that culture's traditional motifs such as birds and flowers and combines them with Jewish symbols, including open hands and stars of David, all executed in pure blue and white, the colors of the Israeli flag. A holiday treat. Ilene Cooper
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From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2–A favorite Hanukkah song is given new life in this charmingly illustrated variation. Following the traditional first verse (I have a little dreidel; I made it out of clay...), the rhyming text depicts a convivial family gathering to make latkes, light the menorah, and play a joyful game of dreidel, with each new stanza followed by the familiar chorus. Distinctive, folk-art-style illustrations feature a mix of patterns and vibrant solids, thick lines and simple shapes, while the bottom third of each spread frames the text in a bold blue-and-white woodcutlike design. Although the text runs a bit long, the brilliant look of this book is sure to please readers.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
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