Born in the United States, Tami Lehman-Wilzig now lives in Israel. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and an M.A. in Communications from Boston University. She is one of Israel's leading English language copywriters. Her children's books include Tasty Bible Stories, Keeping the Promise, Passover Around the World, Hanukkah Around the World and Zvuvi's Israel. She lives in Kfar Saba, Israel.
Gr 2-4-Introductory pages describe the origins of the holiday, while subsequent short chapters depict traditions in various Jewish communities through fictional stories, brief historical sidebars, and recipes. Represented countries include Israel, the United States, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Italy, Australia, Poland, and Tunisia. While children will be interested to see how Jews in various parts of the world celebrate differently while maintaining the core Hanukkah traditions, there is a formulaic quality to this book that undermines its success. The fictional stories feel contrived and in more than one case raise questions that are left unanswered, e.g., why do Jews in Australia celebrate Hanukkah during the summer? What happens at the end of the story of Judith? In addition, several of the recipes are presented without any explanation of their origin or relation to the holiday. Densely colored illustrations are generally appealing, particularly the attractive full-page maps that accompany each section. Even so, the unevenness of this offering makes it merely additional.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.