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While the Candles Burn: Eight Stories for Hanukkah

by Barbara Diamond Goldin
Illustrated by Elaine Greenstein

Published by Viking, 1996
58 pages
ISBN: 0-670-85875-7

Ages 8-11

Rather than explaining how the holiday is observed, eight stories emphasize why Hanukkah is celebrated: miracles, traditions, religious commitment, peace, honoring women, charity, and rededication. The book begins with Goldin's brief general history of Hanukkah. Seven traditional, well-documented tales originate from Afghanistan, Israel, Eastern Europe, the Babylonian Talmud and Hebrew scripture. Goldin's original story coincides with the eighth day. Story illustrations appear on every page spread. The image of a menorah begins each chapter, and each menorah has an additional candle. The illustrations are monoprints overpainted with gouache. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations; Historical People, Places and Events; Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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