Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chanukah Lights

Each night of Chanukah is an opportunity to learn about a different aspect of Jewish history.  From the ancient temples to the shtetl to modern skyscrapers, the ever-present menorah links a people to their past.

Chanukah Lights is written by Michael J. Rosen and designed by Robert Sabuda.

Rosen's lyric poem nicely sets the tone for a journey notable locales in Jewish history.  Sabuda's pop-ups transform each page into a complicated tableau.  From tent to townhouse, each structure is fully realized in stark white.  Upon careful examination, each features a single dark window with the flames from the menorah visible within.  Forget the single and double fold pop-ups of the past; these are true works of artistic engineering.  Details from the rigging of a ship to clothes hanging on a line bring each scene to life, even in the absence of people.  The delicacy involved makes this a book to keep away from the littlest ones, but entire families will be able to appreciate the beauty and workmanship that went into creating this tribute to the Jewish experience.

Chanukah Lights is published by Candlewick and retails for $34.99 (hardcover).  I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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