The Mexican Dreidel
Danielito loves Janucá, especially playing dreidel. This year, he is old enough to visit Bobe by himself. Piñatas hang from the trees, and the kids in Bobe’s neighborhood play with Mexican tops called trompos. Danielito does not have a trompo, but he has a dreidel. “What is that?” “¿Qué es eso?” the other kids ask, as they invite him to join their game. The trompos follow the dreidel as it spins through the neighborhood. And Danielito invited his new friends, nuevos amigos, to Bobe’s house to celebrate Janucá.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diversity, Holidays|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||24|
Author: Linda Elovitz Marshall
Linda Elovitz Marshall is an acclaimed author of two dozen books for children. Linda's Jewish-themed books include THE POLIO PIONEER: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine and the forthcoming and very important, BRAVE VOLODYMYR: The Story of Volodymyr Zelensky and the Fight for Ukraine with illustrations by Ukrainian artist Grasya Oliyko (HarperCollins). Her award-winning work has been translated into almost a dozen languages and adapted for dance, theater, and radio.
Author: Ilan Stavans
Ilan Stavans is an internationally renown, award-winning writer, translator, and teacher born in Mexico. His work, adapted to the screen, TV, radio, and theater, has been published in more than twenty languages.
Illustrator: Maria Mola
Maria Mola loves Saturdays and coffee. Born in Barcelona, she trained at the Francesca Bonnemaison School in Barcelona and the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She works in both traditional and digital media, often combining both. She lives in Chicago.
“Mola’s chalky, bright-hued images, which portray characters with brown skin, evoke a sunny, cozy town and the fun of sharing with ‘nuevos amigos.’”—Publishers Weekly
“This Mexican Janucá (Hanukkah) book, imbued with magical realism, tells a sweet story while introducing Mexican Jewish and non-Jewish holiday traditions, as well as Spanish words. An excellent choice for libraries wanting to expand their Hanukkah collections.”―School Library Journal
“A heartwarming story celebrating friendship across cultural lines.”―Kirkus Reviews
“A relatable story about wanting to fit in and embracing individuality.”—The Horn Book
“Colorful pictures with Mexican influences complete this educational and charming story.”―Jewish Book Council