David A. Adler Chanukah in Chelm

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Chanukah in Chelm

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When the rabbi tells Mendel to get a table for the Chanukah menorah, Mendel makes the task more difficult than it should be

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In Jewish folklore, the town of Chelm is where the foolish folk live. In this engaging picture book, Mendel is the bumbling yet lovable caretaker of the Chelm synagogue. On the first day of Hanukkah, the rabbi tells Mendel to place the menorah on a table by the window so everyone can enjoy its warm glow. Poor Mendel! He takes the menorah off the table in the storage closet and then embarks with his smart-alecky cat on an elaborate, all-day, fumbling, slapstick search... for a table. ("How many Chelmites does it take to move a table?" asks his cat. "One to hold the table and ten to move the earth.") By nightfall, Mendel accidentally stumbles on the original table from the storage closet, and the menorah candles can shine through the synagogue window after all. David Adler's original tale has all the elements of a traditional folk story, and clever jokes abound in the full-page pen and watercolor illustrations by Kevin O'Malley. Families have been laughing together for hundreds of years over the funny foibles of the Chelmites, and this slightly irreverent holiday book enthusiastically embraces that tradition. (Click to see a sample spread. Text © 1997 by David A. Adler. Illustrations ©1997 by Kevin O'Malley. Permission by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, Morrow.) (Ages 5 to 9) --Marcie Bovetz

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Grade 1-4. This rollicking tale stars Mendel, the good-hearted, hard-working, but foolish caretaker of the temple. It is the first night of Chanukah, and Rabbi Nachman asks Mendel to put the menorah on a table by the window. In the closet, the caretaker looks over, under, and around the table, but still doesn't see it. His quest continues with good-natured silliness and a happy ending. Broad humor shines through in both the wry text and visual gags, pushing the traditional foolishness of Chelm further into farce. Dialogue balloons allow the characters to comment on the proceedings. A box is labeled "Imported Air," a bucket says "Cantor's Decanter," and a sign on the carpenter's workshop reads "Tables Are Us." O'Malley's oil wash on pen-and-ink illustrations, filled with amusing figures, rich colors, and beautiful scenery, portray a Chelm that is just the right combination of humor and tradition.
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