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I Have a Little Dreidel

I Have a Little Dreidel

Fall 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Maxie Baum
Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0-439-64997-8
Hardcover Price: $9.99
“Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, / I made it out of clay; / Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, / Then dreidel I shall play.” These words make up the catchy refrain in this Hannukah song- turned-picture book by Maxie Baum. Here, we follow the holiday preparations of a Jewish family as they all pitch in to make latkes (potato pancakes), light special holiday candles on the Menorah, and, of course, play the dreidel game. Baum's simple rhyming text is lively, making it a natural for reading aloud. She also includes several items for curious young readers: the Dreidel Song, a recipe for potato latkes, and directions on how to play Dreidel. Julie Paschkis provides lovely illustrations that capture the celebratory nature of the season. The colors are striking, and contrast nicely with the blue and white Hannukah colors in the border. This is a fun book to share with all children at home or in the classroom.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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