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Hanukkah Around the World


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This companion to Passover around the World (2006) provides a history of Hanukkah's origins, a discussion of current traditions, and fictional stories (set in Israel, the U.S., Turkey, Uzbekistan, Italy, Australia, Poland, and Tunisia) highlighting the ways in which contemporary families celebrate the Festival of Lights. For each country the author includes a large map, full-colour paintings, a nation-specific historical sidebar, and a holiday recipe; an appended section provides briefer information about local customs in additional countries. Some rituals will surprise readers in colder climates—a torch relay in Israel and an outdoor carnival in Australia, for example—but similarities such as singing, lighting candles, and enjoying fried foods also emerge. Although South America is not represented and no source notes are provided, the engaging text and attractive illustrations will make this a good choice for families wishing to explore diverse ways of celebrating. Similar in scope to Deborah Heiligman's Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels (2006), this offers information for a slightly older audience. Grades 3-5. --Kay Weisman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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