The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
Wisdom Tales Book Trailer
Activities to go along with the book
Children's Books About the True Holiday Spirit
An Interview with Sandra Bornstein
Article in the Jewish Ledger
The NY Journal of Books raves about my book!
The Dreidle that Wouldn't Spin is a feel-good story that families will be able to share and enjoy year after year. It perfectly encapsulates the message of this minor holiday. The illustrations by Durga Yael Bernhard complement and capture utterly the text throughout, with lots of spot art to keep the child engaged while the story develops.
One of the best Hanukkah books to come out in years. Like the magical dreidel in the story, The Dreidel that Wouldn't Spin is a treasure.
This is what School Library Journal has to say about my book:
K-Gr 2–In this gentle parable, a peddler gives a splendorous Hanukkah dreidel to the greedy owner of a toy shop with the admonishment that “...the miracle of Hanukkah cannot be bought.”
... Folkloric watercolor illustrations in a pale palette are appropriately soft in tone while images of the toys offering their own expressive impressions of the goings-on inject a bit of humor. A lovely choice for those wishing to circumvent the more commercial aspects of the holiday.
–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library