Sunday, February 14, 2010

Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night by Eric A. Kimmel

Kimmel, A Eric Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night, 30 pgs. Doubleday 2001. $16.99. Language - G; Sexual Content - G; Violence - G. Two tricky devils try to ruin Hanukkah in the little town of Brisk. By saying the word, "zizgazak!" they can make dreidels sprout legs, latkes fly through the air, and candles turn into fireworks. Only the Rabbi is not afraid of their magic. He chooses to see their mischief as wonderful magic instead and even tricks the devils into giving the entire town Hanukkah gelt. The devils refuse to leave, so the Rabbi outsmarts them once again. This is a fun story to read because it teaches good life lessons like seeing the good in everything and everyone, and it also can be used to teach facts about Hanukkah. EL - ESSENTIAL. Anna Mattheus, Elementary Teacher

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