Friday, November 16, 2012

Book Review: Jeremy’s Dreidel by Ellie Gellman, Illustrated by Maria Mola

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Jeremy comes across a picture of a dreidel in a book and he and his classmates are encouraged by their art teacher to make one of their own. They are educated about what a dreidel is before they start making it; it is even discovered that dreidels are called something different in Israel and have a slightly different meaning there. One of the students has a family member that is blind and he explains to his classmates why he is making his dreidel so that person can enjoy it also. There are instructions in the back of the book about how to make three different kinds of dreidels that are explained in this book, how to play the game of dreidel, and an explanation about what Braille for people that are blind is and how it’s created.

I feel that this book will teach children a lot about the subjects of Hanukkah, art, and people that are blind/Braille for people that are blind. It helps children to understand what the purpose of the dreidel is, how to make their very own dreidel, and how to include people that are blind in the fun of Hanukkah. I loved how there are directions in the back of the book about how to make dreidels so after a teacher reads this book to her students (or the students read it on their own) they will be able to complete an art project that relates to what the book teaches about.

This book was created for children ages 5-9/grades K-3.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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