#Review: The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah by Martha Seif Simpson/ Illustrated by Durga YaThisel Bernhard #Hanukkah #Kidsbooks
“This dreidel doesn't work!” the father had cried. “What do you mean? How can a dreidel not work?” the shopkeeper asked. It was certainly the most beautiful spinning top the shopkeeper had ever seen, with magical golden letters on its sides. But it just would not spin for two spoiled children who insisted on owning it! Later, the shopkeeper decides to try it one last time: would it spin for another child, one who carried the true spirit of Hanukkah in his heart?"
This is a delightful story that gives the true meaning for Hanukkah. The author's message is clear that only a grateful heart will see the miracles and this is something that money cannot buy. The character of the shopkeeper is reminded of this as he interacts with the various characters that come into his shop.
I enjoyed the bright illustrations and how the character's features and the toy shop drew you in. The reader cannot help but be disgusted and happy for each of the characters as you read along. This is one of the beauties of this book.
I loved the fact that in the back of the book, the author chose to explain the reason behind the celebration of Hanukkah. In addition, she told how the dreidel game is played and included a chart for the different words on the dreidel. To me, that is a win in understanding the holiday further.
I loved this book and recommend it for anyone whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not. 5 stars!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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