Menorah Under the Sea

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

December is summer in Antarctica, and the warmer temperatures and constant daylight make it the best time for scientists to work. Diving for sea urchins at the bottom of the frigid sea, marine biologist David Ginsburg wonders, “How can I celebrate Hanukkah when there is no nightfall? Can I light a menorah while the sun is still shining?” Take a trip to McMurdo Research Station and join his most unusual holiday celebration.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051000, JNF049110
Dewey 296.4'35
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.125 x 8.125
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 130278
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Esther Susan Heller

Esther Susan Heller is the director of The Jewish Writing Institute; which offers creative writing courses online. She has an MA in Social Work from Columbia University and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She lives in Tsfat, Israel with her husband and eight children.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2009
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable, Commended, 2009


Kirkus Reviews

“Clear, colorful photographs accompany the direct narrative that incorporates research with David’s special way of remembering the significance of Hanukkah by paralleling the survival of the sea urchins with the Jewish people’s own strength and determination.”
Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“The vibrant color photography and surprising thematic juxtaposition – readers will learn as much about urchins as about the holiday – makes this a memorable selection, even for readers who don’t celebrate Hanukkah.
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“This unusual combination of Antarctic exploration and Judaism’s best-known holiday is sure to intrigue readers. Perhaps it will even inspire them to create their own found-object art.”
School Library Journal