Nicanor's Gate

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Set in biblical times, the story of Nicanor’s Gate—one of the entrances to the Temple in Jerusalem—shows how a man’s faith is important to living a happy, fulfilled life. Nicanor, a wealthy merchant from Alexandria, is thrilled when King Herod calls on him to assist in rebuilding the ruined Temple in Jerusalem. Nicanor orders massive, beautifully intricate doors to be built, especially for the Eastern Gate of the Temple, but disaster strikes while the gates are being shipped from Alexandria to Jerusalem. To escape sinking, the ship must reduce its load, and one of the doors is pushed into the sea. But a miracle happens: the heavy door surfaces, is recovered from the sea, and installed as an entrance to the Temple area.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
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 2020-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV022000, JUV016020, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 710
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Eric A. Kimmel

Eric A. Kimmel has been writing for children for more than 40 years. His 100-plus titles include such classics as Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and The Chanukkah Guest. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Illustrator: Alida Massari

Alida Massari is an Italian artist specializing in illustration for children. Born in Rome where she studied illustration at the European Institute of Design, she finds inspiration for her work from folk traditions and ancient art. She has illustrated many books, collaborating with Italian, English, German, and American publishers. She lives in Rome, Italy.


Jewish Book Council

“This superb sto­ry is wor­thy of being read, shared, and reread often.” — Michal Hoschander Malen, Jewish Book Council

Sydney Taylor Shmooze

" Eric Kimmel has penned a new, more accessible version of this wonderful, ancient Talmudic tale with lush, radiant full-color, full spread illustrations in earth tones, blues, and pinks by Alida Massari" — Rachel Kamin, Sydney Taylor Shmooze Blog

School Library Journal

“Whether as folktale, Talmudic retelling, or a preschool course in miracles, this book will find a home in many school and public collections.” — Amy Lilien-Harper, Wilton Lib., CT, SLJ

Kirkus Reviews

“This story will take away, and immediately restore, readers’ belief in miracles.” — Kirkus Reviews