While the candles burn : eight stories for Hanukkah /
by Barbara Diamond Goldin ; illustrated by Elaine Greenstein.
New York : Viking, 1996.
58 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
0670858757 (hardcover) :
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New York : Viking, 1996.
0670858757 (hardcover) :
A collection of eight stories illuminating the meaning and the miracles of Hanukkah.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1996-09-30:
With its informative introduction and imaginative selection of little-known folktales and a few of Goldin's (Cakes and Miracles) original stories, this generously illustrated book is the likeliest gift book of the season's Hanukkah offerings. Goldin explores the themes of Hanukkah (e.g., miracles; the courage demanded by faith) with eight entries, one for each night of the holiday. The most shining aspect of her work is its breadth: her sources include Jewish folklore from Afghanistan, a story by I.L. Peretz, the Talmud and the real-life experiences of Holocaust survivors and of students of an Israeli school for Arabs and Jews. Greenstein (Mrs. Rose's Garden) gracefully straddles the range of settings with her sunny monocuts: the medium itself evokes tradition, but the artist's lines and use of color are contemporary and fresh. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Eight short stories highlight the various traditions of Hanukkah.
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A collection of eight stories illuminating the meaning and the miracles of Hanukkah.

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