The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah (英語) ハードカバー – 2010/9
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This Jewish twist on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! tells the story of the Hanukkah celebration that almost didn't happen. The town of Oyville is alive with the spirit of the season. Brilliant menorahs glow in windows, and children spin dreidels and nosh on latkes.
However, not everyone in Oyville delights in the celebration. High on a hill, a cranky kvetch complains about Hanukkah upon each passing season. So this year, he sneaks into Oyville to steal the holiday. When the children realize their menorahs are missing, they try to convince the kvetch that Hanukkah is about joy, justice, and charity. But can he have a change of heart?
Complete with clever rhymes and Yiddish terms, this story presents Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, in a child friendly format. Peter J. Welling's quirky art adds to the festive fun.
Bill Berlin is the senior producer and writer for Caucus: New Jersey, a national PBS public affairs series, and a host of Carpe Diem, a television show produced by Montclair State University, where he is a professor of political science. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and Christian Science Monitor, among other publications
Susan Isakoff Berlin is a licensed clinical social worker and educator, who has taught in synagogue preschool programs, Jewish Community Centers, and public schools. A member of the National Association of Social Workers, her articles on such issues as parenting, aging, and bereavement have appeared in local newspapers and the New York Times.
Peter Welling is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University South Bend and the Publisher's Choice Award for Exemplary Non-Fiction. In addition, his illustrations have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the author and illustrator of Darlene Halloween and the Great Chicago Fire; Joe Van der Katt and the Great Picket Fence; Justin Potemkin and the 500-Mile Race; Michael Le SoufflE and the April Fool; Shawn O'Hisser, the Last Snake in Ireland; and Andrew McGroundhog and His Shady Shadow and the illustrator of The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah, What's Up With This chicken? and Back to School, Picky Little Witch! Welling lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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It's probably not apparent to children or even adults on a first reading, that the book touches, in its light way, on problems of vulnerability that are deeply imbedded in the psyche. Even if you're not Jewish, it's possible to identify with the Kvetch, a man who cannot allow himself enjoyment for fear of being hurt when that enjoyment is withdrawn.
The authors are to be congratulated in offering a story that is simple and pleasing for children, yet profound and moving for adults. This book deserves to be read and handed down.
While the true meaning of Hanukkah is the apparent theme of this recently released book, it also teaches children important life lessons about hope and fear and joy in a fun and delightful way.
The writing is whimsical and creative with clever rhymes. The illustrations are vivid and amusing and light up each and every page.
I believe adults will enjoy reading this sweet book to their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. I can hardly wait to give The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah to my grand nieces and nephews and watch their expressions as we read together.
children to be read during Hanukkah or otehr times. Well illustrated
Jewish people need more fun books like this!