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The Miracle of Hanukkah

Press: Blue Apple Books (July 1, 2011)
Publication Date:2011-7
Author Name:Chwast, Seymour


In the year 165 B.C.E., Mattathias and the Maccabees defeated the Syrians and reclaimed their Great Temple in Jerusalem. 
Though they planned an eight-day celebration to rededicate the Temple, they had lamp oil for only one day.
Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days.
Every year Jews around the world celebrate this miracle at Hanukkah.
Now internationally acclaimed artist and graphic designer Seymour Chwast retells the story of Hanukkah in an innovative format in which pages gradually increase in size.
This Hanukkah book is sure to become a family favorite.

About the Author

Seymour Chwast is the director of the Push Pin Group, a design firm that he cofounded in 1954. 
His graphic design and illustrations are well-known internationally, and he has written and/or illustrated more than thirty books for children.
He lives in New York City with his wife, Paula Scher.


Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Jewish

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  •     Each page cleverly increases in size in this handsomely designed picture book, as the author-illustrator tells the story of Hanukkah, stating the facts about the holiday in a clear way that young children can understand. His text and illustrations show them the miracle of how the oil lasted eight days instead of one when the Jews rededicated the desecrated Temple in Jerusalem, after the small band of brave Maccabees were miraculously victorious over Antiochus's large army.Chwast's graphic design background is evident in his stylized illustrations, the cleverly done step-page format, and his lively end papers of multiple dreidels in colorful pastels. These all combine to make this an excellent choice for teachers and parents to read to young children to teach them about Hanukkah. For ages 4 - 7. Reviewed by Andrea Davidson

  •     Enjoyed the book.


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