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It's a Miracle!: A Hanukkah Storybook Hardcover – October 1, 2003

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Grade 2 Up-Miracles (big and small) and family stories are celebrated in this charming tale. Owen Block, aged six and a half, has just been named O.C.L.-Official Candle Lighter. Each night, as he performs his duty, he listens to Grandma Karen's cozy stories of family life. One tale is of a soldier from Iowa whose search for a miracle to save his dying wife leads him to call every Jewish name in his hometown phone book (all five of them) to ask the family to pray, with happy results. The holiday acts more as framework for these small vignettes than as the main event, but various traditional activities are explored. A brief retelling of the Hanukkah legend and blessings in Hebrew, English, and transliteration appear at the end of the book. McElmurry's gouache illustrations add a light, humorous touch. Adults will appreciate the lessons gracefully imparted, and children will enjoy the silliness of Grandma's fanciful, zany family stories. Readers will recall this title long after the holiday has passed.-M. A.
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K-Gr. 2. Owen is named the family's official Hanukkah candle lighter, and along with every candle comes a story. Grandma Karen tells about a girl who grows up to be a rabbi; a soldier who persuaded Jewish families to pray for the health of his wife; a young woman who earned enough money to buy her own horse. Spinner drops subtle hints (perhaps too subtle for the audience) that the characters in the stories are members of Owen's family, but by the end of celebration the links become clear--though no one is saying if the alien creature in one story is also part of the family. With seven stories to tell, the text is long, but the inclusion of the alien piece is a nice break from family lore, and familial warmth helps diffuse the sometimes rather earnest tales. Gouache paintings in framed borders further lighten the mood. Such whimsical pictures as a young Grandma riding into the sky on her horse and clever design elements help integrate the bedtime stories with Owen's happy Hanukkah. Ilene Cooper
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 068984493X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689844935
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 1 - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.18 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.25 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches
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