There Was a Young Rabbi

A Hanukkah Tale

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Hanukkah is a very busy time! Join the young rabbi as she makes festive preparations—spinning the dreidel, cooking a tasty meal, lighting the menorah, and more—in this cumulative, rhyming story reminding readers of the Hanukkah miracle of long ago! Learn about Hanukkah’s festivities and rituals, and about the Jewish holiday itself.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2020-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017110, JUV057000, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 470
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Suzanne Wolfe

Suzanne Wolfe is a retired teacher living in Jenks, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa. A graduate of The University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, she taught for over 34 years in public schools in Oklahoma and Texas.

Illustrator: Jeffrey Ebbeler

Jeffrey Ebbeler loves the creative potential of storybook art. He gives lectures and demonstrations in schools, colleges, and museums about the process of bringing words to life through pictures. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and twin daughters. His books include Lights Out Shabbat, Cutting in Line Isn’t Fair and others.


Midwest Book Review

“‘There Was a Young Rabbi: A Hanukkah Tale’ will help children to learn about Hanukkah’s festivities and rituals, and about the Jewish holiday itself.” — James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

AJL Newsletter

“The text presents not only a positive Jewish female role model able to balance both her professional and parental responsibilities, but through the rhythmic rhyme a reminder of the roots of this celebration.”— Ellen Drucker-Albert, AJL Newsletter


“A great holiday read-aloud.” — Miriam Aronin, Booklist

Jewish Book Council

“This highly recommended tale is fundamentally a book about family and about the strength of Jewish women, focusing on the rabbi’s melding of her maternal and rabbinic roles.” — Emily Schneider, Jewish Book Council

San Diego Jewish World

“The story is sprinkled liberally with all the beloved traditions, from dreidels, chocolate gelt, and a warm family gathering at the end. Children will delight in repeating each verse as it gets longer and longer.” — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish World