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The Ramadan Drummer by Sahtinay Abaza - Book Review

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The Ramadan Drummer By Sahtinay Abaza, Dinara Mirtalipova (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781478879152
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Published: Reycraft Books - January 30th, 2024

Abaza’s story starts out similarly to other Ramadan stories, with a young boy waiting to break his fast, but a comment from his mother and aunt turns things around. They speak of the first Ramadan the two women had and the mother not wanting to sleep as she might miss the Ramadan Drummer. We proceed to learn that before modern technology (such as alarm clocks) a man would go around the town beating a drum, to make sure everyone was awake for the last meal before their day long fasts at sunrise. Through the dream of the child, we learn the religious, spiritual and historic aspects of Ramadan. Dinara Mirtalipova’s illustrations are deep and rich, immensely detailed and dreamy, even when things are set in the here and now vs. the dream sequence. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Yitzi and the Giant Menorah by Richard Ungar - Book Review

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Yitzi and the Giant Menorah By Richard Ungar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770498129
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tundra Books - September 6th, 2016

A beautiful telling of how the people of Chelm received a special gift on the eve of Hanukkah from the mayor. But how to thank him? Some misadventures create a sweet story of the true meaning of the season and community. This will become a seasonal classic. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

A Prayer for World Peace

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Prayer for World Peace By Jane Goodall, Feeroozeh Golmohammadi (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9789888240494
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Published: minedition - November 1st, 2015

Essential reading for all citizens of Earth! Words and pictures combine perfectly to express a beautiful and powerful message to each of us to care for and take responsibility for the living entities of our precious planet. All ages. ~ Reviewed by Patti Vunk

Simon and the Bear

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Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale By Eric A. Kimmel, Matthew Trueman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eric A. Kimmel, Matthew Trueman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423143550
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

As Simon sets sail for a new life in America his mother packs an extra gift, a small menorah, and reminds him to always celebrate the miracles of Hanukkah. Stunning illustrations illuminate this beautiful tale of courage, faith and the power of miracles! ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz

Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin

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Dreidel That Wouldnt Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah By Martha Seif Simpson, Durga Yael Bernhard (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937786281
Availability: Special Order
Published: Wisdom Tales - October 1st, 2014

This charming Hanukkah story reminds us that small miracles do happen for those who are unselfishly open to receive them. ~ Reviewed by Patti Vunk


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