The Magic Dreidels by Eric A. Kimmel
A Hanukkah Story

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When an old lady swindles him out of his magic dreidels, Jacob tries to get them back in time for the family's Hanukkah celebration.

About Eric A. Kimmel

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Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories. This heartwarming story was beautifully illustrated by Katya Krenina, whose stylized, contemporary illustrations have been lavishly praised by reviewers and heralded as "stunning" by the New York Times Book Review. Publishers Weekly has compared her style to that of Chagall, for its intuitive, dreamlike quality.
Published September 1, 1997 by Rebound by Sagebrush. 30 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Kimmel transplants the folktale ""The Tablecloth, the Donkey and the Stick"" to an old-world shtetl, depicted by first-time illustrator Krenina in skewed planes of indigos and violets with a few nods to Chagall.

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