I Have a Lit­tle Dreidel

Max­ie Baum; Julie Paschkis, illus.
  • Review
By – October 26, 2011

This adap­ta­tion of the drei­del song is paired with a rhyming sto­ry about a fam­i­ly and their rel­a­tives cel­e­brat­ing Hanukkah. They pre­pare and eat latkes, light eight can­dles (in the meno­rah, which is shown but not iden­ti­fied) and play the drei­del game. The sto­ry is on the left side of the book, and the refrain of the drei­del song appears on each fac­ing page, framed in love­ly blue and white paint­ed bor­ders. The bor­ders look like paper­cuts, com­plete with Jew­ish stars and drei­dels. The rol­lick­ing col­or­ful gouache illus­tra­tions add to the child appeal, and will make this fun for fam­i­lies or teach­ers to read aloud. 

This was reviewed from a proof, which indi­cates that the com­plet­ed book will include the music for the song, as well as direc­tions for mak­ing latkes. Hope­ful­ly, it will also include direc­tions for play­ing the drei­del game. The text says some take pen­nies out and put pen­nies in, and it drops and then I win,” but it doesn’t tell what the Hebrew let­ters stand for, nor does it give their numer­ic val­ue or clear direc­tions for play­ing the game. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 6, based on what the com­plet­ed book will contain.

Andrea David­son is the librar­i­an of The Tem­ple-Tifer­eth Israel in Beach­wood, Ohio. She holds an M.L.S. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan and is a for­mer mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Awards Com­mit­tee. She enjoys try­ing out the books she reviews on the kids at the Tem­ple and on her grandchildren.

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