Menorah Under the Sea
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.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
- Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable
“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
“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
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.