When Shira’s aunt sends her a sevivon—a dreidel — from Israel, Shira notices that it looks different than her other dreidels. Her mother explains to Shira that on this dreidel the Hebrew letter pay has been used instead of a shin, because in Israel they say “a great miracle happened here,” rather than “a great miracle happened there,” as it does on her other dreidels. Shira takes the special dreidel to school to show her classmates. They enjoy playing with it, singing holiday songs and eating soofganiyot (jelly doughnuts) to celebrate Chanukah. Shira puts the dreidel next to the class jug of oil, the candle box, the blessings page and their Chanukiah. But when she can’t find it on the second day, she sadly searches all over the school. She finally finds it on the eighth day at the very bottom of the candle box, and declares recovering it to be a miracle! She is very happy that the children can resume playing dreidel games with the special dreidel before Chanukah is over.
Children will enjoy Erin Taylor’s lively illustrations and learning the words sprinkled throughout the story, which are written in transliteration, English and Hebrew. The Chanukah blessings and instructions for playing the dreidel game are included. As in her other Shira stories, including A Rimon for Shira and Shira in the Temple, Shira is a composite of the students and their experiences encountered by Sabbag over the fifteen years she has been teaching. Recommended for ages 5 – 8.