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RUNAWAY DREIDEL!

Author: Leslea Newman

Illustrator: Kyrsten Brooker

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Company,

Material: hard cover

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.

Cons: None.

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TEDDY'S SNOWY DAY   HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS   SNOWMEN AT NIGHT

Educational Themes: There is plenty of action and opportunities to teach/learn about Hanukkah in a way preschoolers can comprehend.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Judaism, rhyme, humor, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2004, December 2007

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