Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!
The kosher Christmas Carol

by Esmé Raji Codell, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Published by Hyperion Books for Children, 2005

Scroogemacher is as sour as a pickle and has a tongue like horseradish, and makes life a misery for the workers at his waistcoat factory. But a visit from three mysterious rabbis on the last night of Hanukkah might just be enough to get Scroogemacher to change his ways! Jewish American history from the past, present, and a little bit from the future abound in this twist on a Dickens' classic. Inspired by letters from the turn of the last century appearing in the Jewish Daily Forward's "Bintel Brief" and illustrated with luminous full-color plates, this story sheds warm candlelight not only on the holiday but on immigration, labor, and what it truly means to be an American. A full glossary of Yiddish is included, so you should taste a bissel of the old world flavor.

For your read-aloud pleasure,
click here for a companion Reader's Theater script,
a great way for young readers to bring Hanukkah Shmanukkah to life.

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