The Extraordinary Dreidel (Paperback)
It is Hanukkah, and brother and sister Gil and Nurit have just been given a wooden dreidel made for them by their uncle. The children soon discover just how special this dreidel really is when they uncover its secret, hidden compartment.
Gil and Nurit discuss which of their own things they should hide inside. Gil then decides he will take the dreidel to his school Hanukkah party and offer a prize to the person with the best idea. But when Gil is preparing to leave, the dreidel is nowhere to be found. When he goes to fetch his jacket from the closet, however, he is met with a great surprise!
The Extraordinary Dreidel is a light-hearted, family-focused, informative story for children that will educate them about the festival of Hanukkah and its traditions in a way they can easily comprehend, and that will help them understand their place within the holiday. Aviel Basil’s colourful, eye-catching illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this enjoyable, meaningful tale.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Sara Allison
Sweet Hanukkah story about a boy with a special dreidel....it has a secret compartment!
He is SO excited to bring to school to show his friends but before the Hanukkah party, it goes missing. He & his family look everywhere for the dreidel and find it in an unusual spot with an even more unusual guest (or guests as it may be).
You'll have to read to find out what happens! 6 year old loved it and perfect for the upcoming season.
This cute Israeli Hanukkah story begins when a beloved uncle gives the children a very special giant dreidel with a secret compartment. There is a lot of discussion about what they should put inside the dreidel. The story which shows loving relationships within the family and a happy classroom has a sweet twist ending. Aviel Basil's illustrations which paint the characters with bright bold colors, include simple green line drawings for most of the backgrounds. This emphasises the focus on family that is predominant in the story. The artist has also subtly shown the diversity of Jews by giving the family darker skin tones.NetGalley, Julie Ditton
Devorah Omer was a renown award winning Israeli children's author who wrote over 100 books during the last century. Shira Atik has done a fantastic job of translating and modernizing this little story. The story was delightful.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Bozhena Levine
This is a fun Chanukah story with an unexpected twist. Colorful illustrations make the story even more enjoyable. Can’t wait to get this beautiful story for my grandchildren, now that it’s almost Chanukah.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Leslie Welsh
This book was very cute! I really enjoyed using it in my classroom with my students as part of our study of different religious holidays.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Amy London
I love this sweet book! It’s not teaching people about Hanukkah, it’s for an audience who already knows it. Which I love. The relationship within the family is wonderful. Which I love. The relationship between the student and his classmates and teacher is wonderful. Which I love. And, there’s a lovely twist at the end. Which I love. I can’t wait to get copies of this and share them as Hanukkah gifts.
A feel good story that teaches all the meaning and spirit of Hanukkah. Well written.NetGalley, Mary Cummins
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Susan Fryman
Loved this story. Uncle gives his niece and nephew a special dreidel with a large secret compartment. There’s much discussion about what to hide in it. The conclusion was cute and sweet. Great illustrations.