Four Sides, Eight Nights: A New Spin on Hanukkah

Rebec­ca Tova Ben-Zvi; Susan­na Nat­ti, illus.
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By – August 3, 2012
What was Antiochus’s nick­name? What do the drei­del, the astro­gali, and tee­to­tum have in com­mon? What does the sci­ence of prob­a­bil­i­ty have to do with drei­dels? And Sir Isaac New­ton? The answers to these ques­tions and many more facts, lore, and his­to­ry are pre­sent­ed in spright­ly fash­ion in this unusu­al lit­tle com­pan­ion to Hanukkah. Much of it is nar­rat­ed by four child char­ac­ters and the over­all style is friend­ly and casu­al, like the illus­tra­tions, which will be in col­or. Because it com­bines the famil­iar with the off-beat, lore with sci­ence, it will appeal to a wide range of read­ers, both Jew­ish and non-Jew­ish. For ages 8 – 11.
Lin­da R. Sil­ver is a spe­cial­ist in Jew­ish children’s lit­er­a­ture. She is edi­tor of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries’ Jew­ish Val­ues­find­er, www​.ajl​jew​ish​val​ues​.org, and author of Best Jew­ish Books for Chil­dren and Teens: A JPS Guide (The Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Soci­ety, 2010) and The Jew­ish Val­ues Find­er: A Guide to Val­ues in Jew­ish Children’s Lit­er­a­ture (Neal-Schu­man, 2008).

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