Fall 2023

Mrs. Maccabee's Miracle

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

The Maccabee home was a happy one, but Mrs. Maccabee’s five sons were often losing things. “Mom, have you seen my spear?” one would say. “Your things don’t grow legs and walk away,” Mrs. Maccabee would sigh, pointing to the missing items. “Where you leave them is where they stay.” When her five sons go to war against the Greeks, Mrs. Maccabee’s lessons stay with them. Recalling their mom’s words, the brothers remember where they’d last seen the oil for the Temple menorah. A miracle indeed.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Holidays
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-10-03
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV017110, JUV033020, JUV016020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Features Afterword, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Elka Weber

When Elka Weber is not busy serving as her family's finder-of-lost-items-in-chief, she writes for children and adults. Her books include The Yankee at the Seder, One Little Chicken, and Shimri's Big Idea.

Illustrator: Amélie Videlo

Amélie Videlo was born in Paris. A graduate of the Penninghen School of Art Direction, she lives in the British countryside, close to the Welsh mountains, with her partner and her cat Chichi. Her preferred illustration media are paints, crayons, inks, and digital applications.


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“[A] wonderful book that offers several lessons, including to learn about the Jewish miracle at the heart of Hanukkah and to take care of your belongings. There is a subtle, important message as well: stand for something, take action, and even a few people can make a difference. Reviewer Rating: 5” —Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“A welcome and cozy take on the Hanukkah story.”―Kirkus Reviews

Association of Jewish Libraries

A charming story in simple language that will delight very young children readers…If looking for a new Hanukkah book, this one will surely please the Read-Aloud crowd."―Association of Jewish Libraries

Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

“This book puts a cute twist on the story of the Maccabees.”—Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle