Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Book Review: Sadie's Almost Marvelous Menorah by Jamie Korngold, Illustrated by Julie Fortenberry

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

Sadie loves being at school…from the Hebrew songs she sings, to the play sink, to the reading nook, to the children that are in her class. One day her teacher Morah Rachel starts a discussion about Hanukkah and Sadie begins to have good memories about what she has loved about Hanukkah in the past. She makes a menorah with her classmates at school throughout the week. It becomes a fun arts and craft project as they come up with creative ways to decorate their menorahs; Sadie decides to decorate her menorah pink and blue. At the end of the week when her mother picks her up there is an accident with her menorah and she finds something useful to do with the part of her menorah that didn't break. 

I loved the way that the holiday Hanukkah is described in this book while Sadie is having memories about past Hanukkah celebrations with her Mommy and Daddy. It was great how Sadie’s mother saved the day when her menorah became broken. I loved reading the candle blessings in the back of the book also. They were written in both Hebrew and English.

This book is a great motivator for teachers to create an arts and craft project with making menorahs in relation to the Hanukkah holiday and gives encouragement that all the creativity is not always lost even when a child’s arts and craft masterpiece becomes damaged into many seemingly unrepairable pieces.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

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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