Fall 2020

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.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2020-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV033020, JUV022000, JUV016020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 710
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


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

Author: Eric A. Kimmel

Eric A. Kimmel has been writing for children for more than 40 years. His more than 100 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.