There Was a Young Rabbi
A Hanukkah Tale
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.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||24|
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
“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
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.