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Summary: On the first night of Hanukkah, a young boy receives a new dreidel. It spins on endlessly, engaging family, friends, and neighbors in an adventure to capture it. This is a lyrical story that mirrors the cadence of Clement Moore's Twas the Night Before Christmas
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He was instantly taken with the story (no doubt in part to the rhyming sequence) and asked to read it quite a few nights.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun story, that is quite descriptive poetically and visually.
Pros: The book is a fast read, and individuals of all faiths can enjoy this Hanukkah tale.
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. Some may find it a bit pricey, but it's a fun read and would make a nice annual "read together" book at Chanukah. It will offer the kids' enjoyment for many years.