Friday, November 14, 2014

Children's Book Review The Magic Dreidels A Hanukkah Story

The Magic Dreidels
By Eric Kimmel


The Magic Dreidels is based upon a clear lesson from Torah:

"Do not covet anything that is your neighbor's” (Exodus 20:14)

     This story was one that helps young children to grasp the idea of jealousy and what can happen when one is so terribly filled with jealousy over materialistic items. I feel that it helps children realize the truth behind jealousy and if they are faced with something like this in their lives, they will be able to remember this story and reflect upon their own lives. The author helps the reader to see just how detrimental that jealousy is and it sends a clear warning to the hearts of children not to engage in this way, ever. This story brushes upon the reality of isolation as well as inclusion. The reader realizes that with a good heart good things come to those who are steadfast in taking the right steps in life and respecting others. 
   The illustrator Katya Krenina really did a wonderful job. She used nice colors for the winter season and they helped to really keep the story believable for the reader. Also she totally keeps in tune with the author's story by drawing the characters with lot's of emotion. 
   Our homeschool really enjoyed this book and we recommend it with a big thumbs up!

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